Treating Injuries To The Face

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Overview Of Facial Injuries

At some point, everybody has had a slight facial injury that caused discomfort, inflammation, or bruising. Home treatment is generally all that is required for minor knocks or bruises.

What Causes Facial Injuries

Facial injuries generally take place during:

  • Sports activities, such as ice soccer, martial arts, rugby, ice hockey, or basketball.
  • On-the-job tasks or DIY tasks around the house.
  • Motor vehicle accidents.
  • Falls.
  • Fights.

With kids, most facial injuries take place while playing sports or caused by falling. Minor facial injuries in young kids tend to be less serious than facial injuries that take place with older kids or adults. Young kids are not as likely to crack a facial bone because they have tough pads that cushion their faces and their bones are more malleable. But young kids are more prone to be bitten in the face by an animal. Head injuries might take place at the same time as a facial injury, so be certain to examine the symptoms of a head injury.

Injury Types

Facial injuries can be caused by a direct hit, piercing injury, or fall. Pain might be sudden and serious. Bruising and inflammation might develop after the injury.

Serious injuries consist of:

  • A cut or lesion to your face or your mouth. This usually occurs with even a slight injury. But a cut or lesion is likely to take place when a facial bone or the jaw is broken. The bone might break through the skin or push into the mouth.
  • Bruises from a slit or rupture of tiny blood vessels underneath the skin.


Treating a facial injury might include first aid methods, medication, and in some instances surgery. Treatment is determined by:

  • The position, type, and how severe the injury appears.
  • Time period or when the injury took place.

Examine your symptoms to see if and when you should visit your GP.

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