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A 32-year-old member asked:

how long after a wisdom teeth extraction does pain and swelling die down?

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Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 12 years experience
3-4 days: Depends on severity and your home care in most cases. 2-3 is not uncommon but if you had all removed surgically it could be a couple days more. Keep icing, cleaning and take precautions and you are instructed by your provider. Good luck.
Dr. Scott Harwood
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Varies: This varies from case to case based upon the difficulty of the extraction, skill of the surgeon and whether it was infected or not. Also the patients pain tolerance can influence it. Generally speaking 3-7 days.
Dr. James Hargan
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 23 years experience
About day 4: Usually around day 4 after surgery, swelling should be going down and pain becoming less and less acute, more just soreness. It varies a lot from person to person, and depends a great deal on how difficult your surgery was.
Dr. James Wright
Dentistry 33 years experience
Can Vary Greatly: So much in dental treatment depends on the patient, their pain tolerance as well as the type of extraction, ie; bony, or ankylosed. A surgeon's skill, touch & the way they do a surgery. Great hands with a patient who follows all of the home care directions can lead to a very positive result with very little pain. With all the variables, pain could be minimal or could last weeks. Meds can help.

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How common is it to have sinus pressure after wisdom teeth extraction?

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Dr. Jeffrey Jarvis
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Possible: It is possible to feel sinus pressure after having an upper wisdom tooth removed, but it doesn't usually feel that way. Contact your oral surgeon or dentist to make sure that you don't have an infection, or a sinus communication. Follow up today.
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A 43-year-old female asked:

I need a knee replacement so my otto gave me painkillers till I go but lately I had a lot of pain so it says take 1to 2 every 4 hrs for pa?

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Ice: Try to limit the pain killers. Usually an absolute max is 8/day. It depends on the drug and the strength. Cold packs for 15-20 minutes at a time can help. There are many different meds to try if the 1 you are using is not effective.
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A 23-year-old female asked:

Since I was 5 I have had hearing problems. Now i'm 23 can't hardly hear feels like blockage. Ears hurt, and can't sit through fireworks. Please help!?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Need full evaluation: A person with hearing problems since age 5 years will have had evaluations by her pediatrician or primary care doctor, been referred to an audiologist for complete testing, and been seen by an ENT doctor to find out if there is any correctable disorder causing the hearing problems. If these things have not been done, she should write down her story and take it to her primary care doctor to start.
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I have a bad knee I could not walk two weeks ago without a lot of pain my doctor sent me for a X-ray it didn't show anything?

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Dr. Ish Rawal
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Cartilage: Xray doesn't show cartilage damage. If knee pain is persistent despite normal x-ray then MRI should be done to explore other possible cause.
A 18-year-old female asked:

I have the flu and am struggling to breath with bad chest pains and shooting pains down my left arm?

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Dr. Martin Raff
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See a doctor: This no longer sounds like influenza. If flu to begin with this can predispose you to secondary acute bacterial pneumonia which can be potentially very severe and even fatal. Please go to an emergency room asap and be examined and treated. Do not wait. Hope you are better soon.

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