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hi docs, would amoxicillin get rid of tooth abscess?

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Dr. David Mjos
Dentistry 44 years experience
NO: You must treat the source of the infection. The antibiotics will only be a temporary solution. A tooth abscess is normally treated with a root canal or extraction and possibly in conjunction with antibiotics.

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What are some ways to prevent heel pain besides padding?

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A 18-year-old male asked:

How can I cure/get rid of tinea versicolor...Have used selsun blue...Taken perscribed pills by dermatologists...Nothing works..Help!?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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Persistence: Tinea versicolor takes time to clear & often recurs. Perhaps prescription strength selenium sulfide lotion (2.5%) applied for 10 minutes daily for 7 days will work better than otc selsun blue (due to higher concentration of active ingredient). Washing clothing , bedding, bath linens (or perhaps using an ultraviolet wand) to destroy the fungus will speed recovery.

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