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Swollen Face

Unknown Infection Leaves Face Swollen but Responds to Antibiotics

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Updated January 10, 2011

Swollen face before and after antibiotics
(c) Tami Berg

Tami Berg submitted these pictures of an infection in her face that had been bothering her since she visited a family member in the hospital. Her doctor suggested that she may have acquired the infection in the hospital -- nasty places those hospitals.

Tami's swelling progressed quickly over a 3 day period. She went to the doc on day 1 and received augmentin, an oral antibiotic. It wasn't working.

On the third day of swelling (the picture on the left) Tami went to the doctor again. By now the swelling had progressed so much her general practitioner sent her to an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist. She was given an injection of Rocephin.

The picture on the right was taken the same day as the other picture, but 4 hours after the Rocephin injection.

Tami originally thought the pain and irritation she was feeling came from a pimple. It wasn't until the swelling made her look "like a Who from Whoville" that she sought help from her doctor. Swelling from infections like this can put pressure on important structures like nerves and airways, so when the swelling gets bad enough it's time to go to the doc.

Got an infection or a boil and want to share it with the world (not the actual infection mind you, just the story)? Submit a picture of your infection and share your experience with other readers.

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