Temporal arteritis

  • Inflammation of the arteries on the side of the head and neck
  • Symptoms may include pain in the temple area, pain in the jaw or ear while chewing and difficulty chewing food
  • Cause unknown but smoking increases risk
  • Cannot be spread from person to person
  • Affects males and females but more common in females
  • Can occur at any age but most common in late middle age to elderly
  • May be mild with few symptoms to severe resulting in blindness
  • Life threatening if left untreated

  • Maintain a healthy diet
  • Exercise regularly

 

FOR PAIN

  • Apply hot or cold packs to the area
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Distraction
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Acetaminophen
    • Ibuprofen

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