The cheek can be swollen for a variety of reasons. Most often this occurs due to diseases in the oral cavity or during dental treatment. But swelling can also occur due to infections developing in the upper respiratory tract, mumps (mumps), insect bites, etc. In any case, this circumstance should serve as a reason for visiting a medical institution.
If your cheek is swollen due to inflammation of the gums, cysts, or untreated carious teeth, you will have to visit your dentist, and the sooner the better. Perhaps you already have an abscess, and your delay can lead to serious damage to nearby tissues in the mouth. The doctor will need to numb the gum, cut open the gum, release the pus, and then put in a drain to drain it further if it appears.
After cleansing of pus, a course of treatment with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agents is usually also prescribed. So in this case, swelling of the cheek is a dangerous symptom. Keep in mind that in no case should you apply any warming compresses or rub the tumor site before visiting a doctor.
Swelling of the cheek is possible after tooth treatment, when a filling is installed, but the root canal has not been treated. Unfortunately, you will have to make a new visit to the dentist. This is the body's reaction to filling. Sometimes there is no other way but to remove the filling and continue treatment in some other way. But the doctor will tell you about this only after the examination. Before visiting him, you can only rinse your mouth with a mild baking soda solution.
You can also try to put a cotton swab moistened with juice from Kalanchoe leaves on the tooth area, or apply a compress from the gruel of crushed leaves of this plant.
Aloe can also help with flux. You should apply the pulp of the leaf to the gum and hold it for an hour and a half. If the desired effect does not work right away, repeat the compress.
The dentist can warn you about the possible appearance of a tumor in the event that there was a difficult tooth extraction. During the day after this, you can not chew solid food and drink hot, as well as alcohol. But if, nevertheless, the cheek is swollen, apply ice to it for 10 minutes, then remove it and repeat the procedure after half an hour. The capillaries narrow under the influence of cold, and the edema should decrease.
A day after tooth extraction, rinse your mouth with a solution of salt (0.5 teaspoons of salt per glass of warm water). Never touch the place where the tooth was with hard objects and fingers. Firstly, you can further injure an unhealed wound and, secondly, there is a risk of introducing an infection there. Also refrain from brushing teeth that are near the wound. After a few days you will be able to do this, but it is better to use a soft toothbrush for the first time.
If the swelling persists after two days and is accompanied by pain, see your doctor, as additional treatment may be required.
A swelling of the cheek near the ear may indicate a serious infectious disease - mumps or, as it is also called, "mumps". This disease is more typical for preschool children, but if an adult "picks up" it, then the course can be much more difficult and have complications. Therefore, if you were not sick with mumps in childhood and suspect that you may have become infected with it, it is better not to postpone the call to the doctor.
The tumor that appears as a result of an insect bite is removed by taking antihistamines and applying lotions with baking soda.