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should you go to the emergency room for a toothache

A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Orringer
19 years experience General Surgery
No: The best place to get help for a toothache is with a dentist. More and more, you will find urgent care dental practices. You may have a significant ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Russell Chin
44 years experience Dentistry
Go now: You have a severe infection and need immediate attention and antibiotics. Go ASAP
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
Depends: If ers have dentists on staff, the answer is yes, but it is probably not covered by medical insurance alone. Your best approach would be to start wit ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Mortiere
34 years experience Dentistry
Maybe.: If the er department has on hand any of the typical local anesthetics used in dentistry, and the syringes and needles, you may get lucky and get an i ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Shaw
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Asap: Symptoms of UTI are burning, urinating more often and lower abdominal pain. If the pain spreads to your back or your have fever you may have a kidney ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Seldom: The er is critical if there is consideration for hospitalization, surgery, or a life-threatening problem. Although severe headaches may require an in ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Adam Teichman
18 years experience Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery
No: Plantar fasciitis is treated in a podiatrist office. Waiting until the next day to see them can save you money and frustration, becasue you will be t ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience Infectious Disease
Yes, but...: You can go, but it will be up to the doctor whether you need them or not.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ramsay Kuo
25 years experience Urology
Fever, feeling badly: A kidney infection, or pyelonephritis, usually arises from an infection elsewhere in the urinary tract and more rarely carried to the kidney from anot ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ettinger
48 years experience Podiatry
Its a start: The er can evaluate the wound and refer you for proper care.
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
35 years experience Dentistry
Tooth abcess: Most ERs do not have dentists. It is better to see a dentist when you have an abcessed tooth because the ER can only treat the infection with antibi ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raja Abusharr
20 years experience Family Medicine
ENT unless fever: This always need to be drained and the outpatient procedure can be done by an ENT as the er will only want to do this if it is an emergency (airway re ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
23 years experience Emergency Medicine
Reasonable: People go to the ER for all kinds of things, as a convenience and access to care. If you are having a headache that is different from usual, worse tha ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
23 years experience Emergency Medicine
Unwise: Very expensive way to address constipation when local Pharmacist can help advise you and over-the-counter remedies are plentiful. If they have failed ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
Yes you can: Yes you can but if you can not get an appointment with your doctor but you will still have to follow up with your doctor.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Carter
29 years experience Allergy and Immunology
No relief w/ meds: If you use your rescue medication and are not relieved or you need to use several times to get relief, you may need to be seen by your doctor or go to ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Bolhack
34 years experience Wound care
Lymphedema: Lymphedema is usually not an emergency as it is progressive and rarely requires emergent care. The typical er physician is not expert, per se, in this ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Walter Futterweit
63 years experience Endocrinology
Not unless Fever: See your doctor if fever for culture. No ER yet.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Strimling
30 years experience Dermatology
Allergic reaction: Yes, because certain allergic reactions can be deadly if not treated.
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Vertino
22 years experience Clinical Psychology
Short answer is...: Always. There are many signs and symptoms, some obvious and some not and some that may develop later so seeking medical help is always a good idea.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Beresh
40 years experience Podiatry
Depends: Is the toe deformed and seem to be out of place, which toe is it. How much swelling and pain. If deformed i would definately go to see a doctor.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Sung
53 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
ARE YOU SICK?: YOU HAVE PAIN OR BLEEDING?
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Keith
43 years experience Podiatry
Toe tally your call.: Unless your toe has an obvious deviation in it's normal profile, there is no way of knowing it is fractured, unless you go to the ER. If you have expe ... Read More

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