The Things You Should Know About The Facial Pain

Kate Westall
Kate Westall 5 Min Read
It can be pathetic to feel sharp pain on any part of the face including mouth as well as eyes. Most of the time the face pain is not serious until it is due to some grave medical condition. Injury on head, severe cold, or headaches could cause some sort of facial pain. The condition of Trigeminal neuralgia is a continuous pain in the face due to its effect on certain nerves. This is terrible feeling, as the person suffering from this condition can feel the pain like electric shocks, which could be intense at times.

Causes for facial pain

Any injury or infection could cause face pain, which could be mild or intense. There could be several reasons. Some of them are below:
  • Headaches especially cluster headaches can cause pain in the face.
  • Any injury to head or any part of the face can create pain as well.
  • Abscessed tooth is a throbbing pain in the jaw, which can be worse while touching or eating. This can be due to the collection of pus under the surface tissue of mouth.
  • Facial skin abscess, which is also the collection of pus under the skin, can be a reason too.
  • Simple toothache or any kind of oral infections.
  • Open sore or ulcer.
  • Herpes zoster also known as shingles or herpes simplex infection could cause pain in the face.
  • Migraine and sinus infections are some other causes.
  • Temporomandibular joint dysfunctional syndrome.

Treatment for facial pain

Facial pain for no particular reason or due to headaches or migraines can be treated with over-the-counter painkillers. Dentist can help in oral infections or tooth problem. Doctors can prescribe some medications for sinus or other viral infections after diagnosis. Any physician or expert physiotherapist can cure your face pain problem.

More on Trigeminal Neuralgia

The most difficult type of face pain is the “Trigeminal Neuralgia” also known as tic douloureux. This is not a life-threatening problem. It is treatable with medicines and surgery. Twelve pairs of cranial nerves move up and down of the head. The trigeminal nerves, which provide sensations to the face, are among them. They branch out into three parts that are ophthalmic for controlling eyes, upper eyelid, and forehead, mandibular goes to lower part of the face including lower jaw, gum, and lip. Maxillary controls upper gum and lip, cheek, nostril, and lower eyelid. The problem can occur in any of the branches causing pain anywhere on the face.


The Trigeminal neuralgia is a condition where nerve is affected due to some reasons. Some blood vessel which in-turn damages the protective layer on the nerve called the myelin sheath sometimes presses the trigeminal nerve. This causes irritation in the trigeminal nerve. Any injury to the nerve from certain accidents, stroke, or surgery could cause this problem, as well. It is very difficult to handle face pain. Any exercise will help you to come out from this facial pain. So, consult any good physician to cure your facial pain. Some medical conditions like tumor, multiple sclerosis, or even a tangle of arteries pressing the nerve can create this condition resulting in tremendous pain in the face.


  • The pain feels like coming from no particular place.
  • You can feel the pain at one side of the face.
  • The shooting or stabbing pain is for short period.
  • The pain could be for a few seconds but could even last for some minutes.
  • It can happen many times a day or week and stop for a long period, which is referred as remission.
  • Brushing teeth, drinking cold, or hot water or beverage, washing face, putting makeup, sitting in front of cold breeze, and shaving can trigger this pain.
  • Usually, the pain in the lips, cheeks, jaws, teeth and gums and eyes and forehead are less affected.
With time, the attack increases to occur with greater pain.

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I am Kate Westall, a freelance writer, and a professional blogger, who enjoys enlightening others about unknown and little-known facts. I love to write on all general and professional topics like Home Improvement, Fashion, Health, Travel etc.