Face pain may be dull and throbbing or an intense, stabbing discomfort in one or both sides of the face or forehead.
Pain that starts in the face may be caused by a nerve disorder, an injury, or an infection in a structure of the face. Face pain may also begin elsewhere in the body.
Sometimes face pain occurs for no known reason.
(continuous throbbing pain on one side of the lower face aggravated by eating or touching)
(shingles) or herpes simplex
(cold sores) infection
Injury to the face
Myofascial pain syndrome
or sinus infection (dull pain and tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones that worsens when bending forward)
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction syndrome
Definition Herpes simplex is a viral infection that mainly affects the mouth or genital area. Causes, incidence, and risk factors There are two strains of herpes simplex viruses: Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) is usually associated with infections of the lips, mouth, and face. It is the most common herpes simplex virus and many people develop it in childhood. HSV-1 often causes sores (lesions) inside the mouth, such as cold sores (fever blisters), or infection of the eye (especially the conjunctiva and cornea). It can also lead to infection of the lining of the brain (meningoencephalitis). It is transmitted by contact with infected saliva. By adulthood, 30 - 90% of people will have antibodies to HSV-1. The likelihood of childhood infection is higher among those with lower socioeconomic status. Herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2) is usually sexually transmitted. Symptoms include genital ulcers or sores. However, some people with HSV-2 have no symptoms. Up to 30% of adults in the U.S. have a...
To provide some clarification, since so many of you write to me asking about herpes testing , here's a run down of the current available tests. They each have limitations, though I indicate which are the most specific. A doctor will quite often take your history/examine you and then "marry the history/exam findings to the test results" which can mean that even in the face of a negative test result, your medical history and examination might indicate presence of herpes. It's important to realize that false-positives can also occur during testing.
1- Clinical examination - since HSV can present without lesions or the lesions can be confused with other diseases, just diagnosis by examination is not a perfect option.
2- Viral culture requires that lesions be present so the fluid can be taken from the sores and tested. It can be wrong 50% of the time but it is still a viable test because it can differentiate between HSV1 and HSV2.
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