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Can lockjaw be caused by dental infections

A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barton Cook
30 years experience Pediatric Cardiology
Possibly: Tetanus (lockjaw) is usually seen in unvaccinated individuals with a deep cut or wound, but dental infections, insect bites, etc have been implicated ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brijesh Chandwani
10 years experience Pain Management
Depends: During surgery to remove a wisdom tooth, the jaw has to stay open for an extended period of time and can result in a locked jaw. Taking a few precaut ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Shandler
45 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
It depends: I'm not sure what you are defining as lockjaw. If you mean that you can't open your mouth at all then obviously the surgeon can't get t ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
Call the surgeon: Call the surgeon who will be treating you and ask that question. That is what you should do.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luis Villaplana
34 years experience Internal Medicine
Metal gum: Not the lockjaw process you get from tetanus. If chewing gum causes you jaw claudication, you need to see a ENT or maxillofacial specialist. On the ot ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
24 years experience Internal Medicine
Less likely: There are many types of strep, some of which (viridans for example) commonly colonize the mouth. Occasionally, particularly if there is a break in th ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Bouvier
24 years experience Pediatrics
See below: Tonsillitis is by definition, inflammation of the tonsils. Therefore, flu could cause the tonsils to become inflamed.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mike Bowman
18 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Possible but rare: It is possible but extremely rare nowadays given our current antibiotics.
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Karen Dantin
36 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Yes
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Greenberg
44 years experience General Practice
Yes viruses can : There are some viruses that stop blood production. Other viruses trigger an immune response that causes red cell destruction.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Kirschner
8 years experience Dentistry
No: A toothache is only from the tooth, and not due to a sickness or fever.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: Sepsis, an infection that spreads through the blood to cause major damage to various organs in the body, can be caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, or ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
27 years experience Pediatrics
No: Otitis media is caused by bacteria, and are normally associated with colds. Poor hygiene will not cause ear infections.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Charmoy
35 years experience Dentistry
A couple: The most critical are hep c , and hiv. These are two that as dentist we worry about.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
26 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
No: Allergies could cause a sinus infection which may then cause a low grade fever.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
32 years experience Cardiology
Possible: More common causes such as migraines , HTN , hyoglycemia , etc are usually checked out first. Input from neuro may be helpful too. If all is negative. ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Maybe: Orchitis is inflammation (redness, warmth, tenderness, swelling) of one or both testicles, generally caused by a viral or bacterial infection. Influen ... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Leonard Grossman
35 years experience Plastic Surgery
Yes: Diarrhea can be caused by a condition of being nervous, but it quickly disappears after the nervousness is gone.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Drying soap?: If a soap was particularly drying or abrasive - it could lead to breaks in skin with possibility of an infection if skin comes in contact with germs.
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nestor Del rosario
33 years experience Addiction Medicine
Referred pain: Pain from the tooth can cause pain in the region where the sinus is and vice versa. The tooth infection does not necessarily cause sinus infection, ex ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Rosenfeld
26 years experience Pain Management
Yes: Cervicogenic headaches (neck pain as cause of headaches) are widely seen.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
44 years experience Dentistry
Other way around: A headache can be caused by an infected tooth, but i really don't believe a headache can cause a toothache unless there is generalized facial pain tha ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
50 years experience Endocrinology
Staph: Fertility should not be an issue but you do need medicine to control your staph. Please get a prescription from your doctor.

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