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Found swelling on jaw and numbness in lips. How to get rid of it?

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Dr. Anantharamakrishnan

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Posted on Mon, 10 Dec 2012 in General Health
Question: M\y fiance woke up this morning to find his whole right side of his jaw was swollen. it first started out with slight coming and going of numbness in the lip, Burning jawline and lower lip, sever swelling (overnight), Numbness, and pain to the touch. what do you think this was caused by. he literally had the swelling go from 0 at 9pm to the morning where he found his jaw, chin, and cheek were so swollen it protrudes at least 2 inches.
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Answered by Dr. Anantharamakrishnan 2 hours later
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     It is not easy to pin point the cause and conclude in this setting from the description alone. He needs to see a doctor as early as possible.
     With a past history of allergy to tomato, the first suspicion is allergy. It might not have been obvious in some preparations, and he could have accidentally been exposed to it...
     But an allergy usually is not limited to an area only. It spreads to involve other areas and opposite side. So a local reason from inside the mouth - like tooth infection - is to be considered.
     It may spread or worsen – and it may lead to angio-neurotic oedema. So, the best option is to see your GP or go to ER...
     In the mean time, he may benefit from Over The Counter Anti-histamine.

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