I get tight swelling of my face around the mouth area every couple weeks or so. The timing is so intermittent. I thought at first it was an allergic reaction to blackberries, as I went through a phase where I could not get enough of them. So I quit eating them. Then a couple times it swelled in my sleep. Then, most recently, it swelled all of a sudden on the way home from work in the car for no apparent reason other than having heard stressful news from my son. So I thought stress related? But the overnight thing has me confused.
It takes a couple of days for the swelling to go down; there is no pain involved. Just a lot of swelling of the face with tightness but no pain. It is always on the right side of my face and close to my mouth.
I am having some teeth problems, but cannot afford a dentist, and my mother was a dental assistant for years - first for an oral surgeon, then for a general dentist, so I know that swelling caused by dental problems usually comes with pain.
I cannot afford a dentist; I just lost my job. The swelling has not happened since I lost my job two days ago, so the stress factor seems null and void. Any thoughts?