Facial pain

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Pain in the area of the face may be caused by a variety of sources: from a toothache, a sinus infection, an eye infection, a sunburn, or other problems. Eye pain may be the result of eyestrain, an improper glasses or contact lens prescription, infection, or glaucoma, a disorder in which fluid in the eye is blocked. Migraine headaches can also cause facial pain and are usually localized between the eye and nose on one side of your face. People with sinus infections or severe allergies can experience pain around the eyes or cheekbones. If you have an abscessed tooth or other type of toothache, you may additionally experience a continuous, throbbing pain on one side of the face. Neuralgia is a condition in which facial nerves have been damaged. If you have a painful rash on your face, it may be the result of a neuralgia condition known as ‘shingles,’ which is caused by a herpes virus that infects facial nerves. The virus is the same one that causes chickenpox, and shingles can be contracted only by people who’ve had chickenpox. Excessive exposure of the face to the sun or other forms of ultraviolet rays, such as tanning salons, can result in painful burns, which can be treated as other forms of sunburn. Acne or other skin conditions that sometimes become infected can also be painful. If you’re experiencing facial pain, contact a health care professional to identify its source and to obtain proper treatment.

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