What are the signs of cheek problems?

Cheek symptoms are commonly signs of inflammation, infection, or physical injury. Cheek symptoms may be caused by inflammation resulting in excess fluid (edema) in the soft tissues surrounding one or both cheeks. Edema may occur with conditions affecting the check area itself or in association with more generalized conditions, such as allergies.

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Trauma due to injury of the cheek is a common cause of cheek symptoms and may result in bleeding, fractured bones, or swelling. Skin, bone, or soft tissue cancer can result in cheek symptoms, which can include various types of lesions depending on the type of cancer. Skin cancer causes cheek symptoms such as abnormal lesions on the cheek surface.

Infections and allergic reactions can lead to cheek symptoms in both cheeks and sometimes the entire face, especially in severe cases such as anaphylactic (severe allergic) reactions. In rare cases, cheek symptoms may be an indication of serious infections that may involve the entire body.

Cheek symptoms can be a sign of a serious condition. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, experience cheek symptoms along with facial swelling, difficulty breathing, or high fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit), or if you experience cheek symptoms as a result of a head injury or trauma.


What other symptoms might occur with cheek symptoms?

Cheek symptoms may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Symptoms that frequently affect the cheeks may also involve other body systems.

Localized symptoms that may occur along with cheek symptoms

Cheek symptoms may accompany other symptoms affecting the cheeks including:


What causes cheek symptoms?

Cheek symptoms commonly result from inflammation or infection. Allergic reactions are also causes of cheek symptoms. Inflammatory causes of cheek symptoms include cellulitis, enlarged lymph nodes, sinusitis, or tooth abscess.

Generalized conditions most commonly resulting in cheek symptoms include trauma and organ failure that result in edema. Blunt or penetrating trauma can cause... Read more about cheek symptomscauses

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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