How are facial pain and headache treated?

Updated: Jan 29, 2020
  • Author: Tejas Raval, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Treatment methods for individual etiologies of headache and facial pain are discussed above. Depending on the clinical suspicion of the possible etiologies of facial pain and headache, the appropriate consultations should be made. For concerns of head and neck lesions or sinus-related headache, an otolaryngologist should be consulted. If a primary headache syndrome or a cranial neuralgia is of concern, the patient should be evaluated by a neurologist. Dentists and oral surgeons should be involved in the care for a patient with a dental or craniomandibular cause of pain. In some cases, a psychiatry referral is appropriate. Any concern for intracranial hemorrhage or meningitis should be evaluated in the emergency setting.


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