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Face swelling Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Face swelling. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had the facial swelling?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. Is the facial swelling generalized or localized?

    Why: e.g. may get generalized facial swelling with obesity, allergic reactions, Cushing's syndrome, nephrotic syndrome, preeclampsia, hypoalbuminaemia, SVC thrombosis, Lassa fever, Chagus disease, trichinosis.

  3. Have you recently used any new cosmetics, hair sprays or make-ups?

    Why: may indicate possible allergic reaction.

  4. Are you pregnant?

    Why: may indicate preeclampsia. Pregnancy increases the risk of cavernous sinus thrombosis.

  5. Is there a history of head or facial trauma?

    Why: e.g. facial bone fracture and soft tissue injury to face may directly cause facial swelling; skull fracture may increase the risk of cavernous sinus thrombosis; facial burns may cause swelling.

  6. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. Nephrotic syndrome may be caused by systemic lupus erythematosus and diabetes; Dermatomyositis may often be associated with malignancy especially breast, lung, ovary, stomach, colon and uterus; Hypoalbuminemia (reduced albumin in the blood) may be due to chronic liver disease, malnutrition, nephrotic syndrome or protein losing bowel disease ( celiac disease, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis); superior vena caval obstruction may be due to lung cancer, large goiter or lymphoma; Cushing's syndrome; hypothyroidism may be associated with previous Grave's disease, rheumatoid arthritis, Down's syndrome or previous thyroid surgery.

  7. Medications?

    Why: e.g. many medications such as penicillamine, high dose captopril and gold may cause nephrotic syndrome which can cause eyelid swelling; many medications may cause angioedema such as antibiotics especially penicillins, radiographic contrast agents, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, ACE inhibitor antihypertensive medications, nifedipine, amiodarone, morphine, certain anti-cancer medications; oral contraceptive pill increases the risk of cavernous sinus thrombosis; Hypothyroidism may be caused by amiodarone and lithium.

  8. Known allergies?

    Why: e.g. dust mite, mold, pollens; allergies may be associated with minimal change disease which is a cause of nephrotic syndrome.

  9. Family history?

    Why: e.g. hereditary angioedema (C1 esterase inhibitor deficiency).

  10. Travel history?

    Why: e.g. West African trypanosomiasis found mainly in West Africa, Southern Sudan and Uganda may cause puffy face and puffy droopy eyelids; Lassa fever is confined to sub-Saharan West Africa and may cause swollen face; Trichinosis is found predominantly in the USA and Europe; Chagus' disease is confined to South and Central America.

  11. Rash?

    Why: may indicate herpes zoster if rash is blister-like; red-purplish rash around the eyes may suggest dermatomyositis; hive-like rash suggest allergies, angioedema or anaphylaxis; acne-like facial rash may suggest rosacea.

  12. Eye pain?

    Why: may indicate sinusitis, herpes zoster infection, orbital cellulitis, cavernous sinus thrombosis.

  13. Itchy eye?

    Why: may suggest allergies or blepharitis.

  14. Fever?

    Why: may indicate sinusitis, orbital cellulitis, tooth abscess, mumps, trichinosis, Chagas' disease.

  15. Eye discharge?

    Why: e.g. purulent (pus-like) discharge usually indicates a bacterial infection; a clear watery or mucous discharge may suggest viral or allergic conjunctivitis.

  16. Tooth pain?

    Why: may indicate a tooth abscess with facial swelling.

  17. Symptoms of sinusitis?

    Why: e.g. nasal blockage, facial pain and tenderness.

  18. Symptoms of nephrotic syndrome?

    Why: e.g. facial swelling, especially around the eyes; swelling of the arms, genitals and sometimes abdomen; frothy urine.

  19. Symptoms of a stye?

    Why: e.g. painful , tender, red, swelling of the lid, which after a few days localizes and cures itself spontaneously by discharging pus at the lash base.

  20. Symptoms of a Chalazion (meibomian gland cyst)?

    Why: e.g. firm, non-tender lump in the lid. The lump may have a history of previous infection.

  21. Symptoms of blepharitis?

    Why: e.g. eyelids have burning, itching and red margins, eyelashes may have crusting and scales, discharge or stickiness especially in the morning. If present for years there may be loss of eyelashes or distortion (in-growing) of the eyelashes. There may be a Staphylococcal bacterial infection which can cause severe inflammation with pus-like discharge.

  22. Symptoms of dacrocystitis?

    Why: e.g. swelling and redness of the tear sac near the inner corner of the eye.

  23. Symptoms of Ocular shingles?

    Why: e.g. pain, tingling and numbness around the eye may precede a blistering rash and eyelid swelling. Fifty percent of people have the eye itself affected with either corneal ulcers, episcleritis or iritis.

  24. Symptoms of Rosacea?

    Why: e.g. flushing of the face with increases in skin temperature, acne-like rash over the face. May be complicated by blepharitis, conjunctivitis, episcleritis or corneal ulcers.

  25. Symptoms of preeclampsia?

    Why: e.g. pregnant woman with flashing lights seen in visual field, headache, generalized swelling of the face and legs, abdominal pain.

  26. Symptoms of dermatomyositis?

    Why: e.g. red-purple rash with swelling around the eyes, progressive muscle weakness of the shoulder and thighs, difficulty in arising from sitting or laying position.

  27. Symptoms of angioedema?

    Why: e.g. hive like skin rash, facial swelling, itch, fatigue, headache, weakness, numbness of tongue, difficulty breathing if airway is affected.

  28. Symptoms of cavernous sinus thrombosis?

    Why: e.g. pain in the eye and forehead, proptosis (forward displacement of the eyeball), facial swelling, double vision due to weakness of the muscles that move the eye.

  29. Symptoms of superior vena caval obstruction?

    Why: e.g. early morning headache, facial swelling and blueness, swelling of the arms, distended neck and chest veins. May be due to lung cancer, lymphoma or large goiter.

  30. Symptoms of Cushing's syndrome?

    Why: e.g. weight gain especially central abdominal, change of appearance, moon-like face, thin skin, easy bruising, excessive facial hair growth, acne, muscle weakness, lack of or rare menstrual periods, poor libido, depression, psychosis, insomnia, frequent urination, excessive thirst, growth arrest in children.

  31. Symptoms of hypothyroidism?

    Why: e.g. husky voice, tiredness, weight gain, constipation, cold intolerance, loss of hair, puffiness of the eyes and face.

  32. Symptoms of trachoma?

    Why: e.g. watering eye, intense redness of the eye, scarring under the eyelids, ulcers on the surface of the eye, eyelid turn inwards and eyelashes scratch the surface of the eye. Trachoma is especially prevalent in outback areas and in aboriginal communities where hygiene may not be adequate.

  33. Symptoms of trichinosis?

    Why: e.g. 24 hrs after the ingestion of contaminated meat may develop vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and headache then may develop eyelid swelling, conjunctivitis, photophobia (dislike of eyes for light), fever, muscle pain and muscle spasm.

  34. Symptoms of Chagas' disease (American trypanosomiasis)?

    Why: e.g. red hard lump at the bite site, enlarged local lymph nodes. If the portal of entry is the conjunctiva, may get unilateral swelling of the eyelids, conjunctivitis and enlarged neck lymph nodes. May also have fever, transient rash and swelling of the face and trunk.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Face swelling:

The following list of conditions have 'Face swelling' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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