What other symptoms might occur with a cheek rash?

A cheek rash can occur by itself or with other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Other symptoms can affect the digestive tract, respiratory system, nervous system, reproductive system, cardiovascular system, or immune system. For example, you may have a fever and other flu-like symptoms if the cheek rash is due to infection or inflammation.

Skin symptoms that may occur with a cheek rash

A cheek rash may occur with other symptoms affecting the skin including:

  • Bleeding from broken skin

  • Blistering skin

  • Burning skin

  • Cracked, dry or itching skin

  • Lesions or sores in the mouth or nose

  • Rashes elsewhere on the body

  • Redness, irritation or inflammation of the skin

  • Scaling, flaking or peeling skin

  • Swelling or puffiness around the rash

  • Visible facial blood vessels

Other symptoms that may occur with a facial rash

In some cases, a facial rash may occur with symptoms related to other body systems. Symptoms may include:

  • Abdominal pain

  • Difficulty concentrating and mild trouble with memory

  • Fever or other flu-like symptoms (fatigue, sore throat, headache, cough, aches and pains)

  • Hair loss

  • Inflammation of the lungs and chest pain when breathing deeply

  • Muscle and joint pain and swollen joints

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Nerve pain

  • Sensitivity to sunlight

  • Sneezing and runny nose

  • Stress, anxiety or depression

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, a cheek rash may occur with other symptoms that might indicate a serious or life-threatening condition, such as anaphylaxis, bacterial meningitis, or complications of lupus that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have these serious symptoms:

  • Change in level of consciousness or alertness, such as passing out or unresponsiveness

  • Chest pain, tightness or pressure

  • Decreased or no urine output

  • Hives on the neck or face

  • Rapid heart rate (tachycardia) or palpitations

  • Respiratory or breathing problems, such as severe shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, labored breathing, wheezing, not breathing, or choking

  • Severe headache

  • Stiff neck

  • Sudden swelling of the face, lips or tongue

  • Throat tightness


What is a cheek rash?

A cheek rash is an inflammatory reaction of the skin of the cheeks characterized by redness, bumps or swelling on the cheeks. Cheek rashes can be caused by a wide variety of mild to serious diseases, disorders and conditions. Cheek rashes can affect one or both cheeks at a time. They can cover a small to large area of the cheek, and they can occur in all age groups and populations.

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What causes a cheek rash?

Cheek rashes can be caused by a variety of diseases, disorders and conditions, including infection, inflammation, allergic reactions, and autoimmune processes. A sudden or acute rash on the cheek may be due to an allergic reaction or sensitivity to a particular substance, such as a facial moisturizer, food, or medication.

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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Aug 9, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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