Facial swelling can be caused by a number of medical conditions including allergies, scar tissue irritation and it can be quite painful. When your face swells you will often notice that it affects your ear, eyes, nose and basically will leave you feeling horrible. If you have dealt with facial swelling then here are three inexpensive things you can try at home to relieve the pain and swelling without going to the doctor based on my own experience.
1. If you want to relieve facial swelling the one of the most effective methods is using a cold compresses several times a day. You can use a cold compress in a variety of forms including a standard ice pack, Ziploc bag full of ice and water or even a slab of meat from your freezer. Ice is a typical way to relive facial swelling at home and the best part about it is it will usually not cost you any money, because you can always find something in your freezer to use. The cold will help alleviate the pain, inflammation, redness and swelling but it might not happen right away. I have also found it useful to have more than one cold compress so that while you are using one you can have one getting cold for when you need to switch it out. For example, I will have a bag full of ice and water in the freezer while I am holding a standard ice pack to my face. It is really useful to have more than one cold compress during the summer when your ice will probably melt within 10 minutes of being out in room temperature conditions. Ice is also a very safe and natural method so there is no risk of adverse effects like you might see if you used a prescription medication.
2. Hot compresses work as well to relieve facial swelling and can help stimulate blood flow to your face which will lessen the swelling and irritation. From my own experience I have found that taking an old sock and putting rice in it then tying it up and microwaving it for about 10 seconds works wonders as a hot compress. One thing about using the sock with rice is you do not want to reuse the concoction more than once because the sock might catch on fire in the microwave. You can also take a bag of vegetables and heat them up in a bag and then apply that to your face as well and it will also provide relief from the swelling and pain, but be sure to not leave the item in the microwave too long. If you have a heating pad or heating blanket then you can also use this and place it on top of your face for about 10 or 20 minutes at a time. Heating pads and blankets work very well at stimulating blood flow which will decrease the pressure to your face, relieve swelling and also act as a muscle relaxant. The only bad part about heating pads and blankets is that during the summer this might not be the best option unless you are in air conditioning.
3. If you are trying to relieve the pain and swelling in your face you also might try drinking a lot of green tea. For me personally, when my face swells up due to scar tissue I will have a hard time eating or drinking but this might be the most effective way to relieve the swelling. Green tea has a lot of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants in it which are great at getting rid of all types of swelling and irritation. Instead of drinking your morning coffee, drink a cup of green tea and repeat this throughout the day at least three times for the best results. You should also drink a cup of green tea before you go to bed because it will help calm down the muscles, tissues and nerves in your face and it will keep the swelling down overnight. You can also add honey into your green tea to add to the antioxidant value and it will also give a little sweetness to the tea if you do not like green tea plain. You can guy green tea at your local retail store or grocery store for about $2 for 100 tea bags or you can buy cold green tea in gallons as well. Green tea can be used as much as you would like and you will notice the facial swelling and pain decrease within a day or two. I have found that green tea is also relaxing and will help you sleep even if you are dealing with pain or inflammation around your face and eyes.
Myself, Personal Experience