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i have an abscessed tooth and the infection has spread to my jaw, ear and neck. should i go to the emergency room or just start antibiotics?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Emergency: Don't just take an antibiotic you have laying about the house. You need an Emergency dental appointment. You may end up needing medical treatment as well. Please don't put this off - this needs IMMEDIATE attention.
Answered on Aug 10, 2015
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Provided original answer
Received your response. I understand the challenges but THIS COULD KILL YOU !
May 29, 2015
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
40 years experience Dentistry
ER: Failure to have your condition treated professionally can result in death. Please seek treatment now.
Answered on Feb 3, 2016
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Dr. Katharine Cox
45 years experience Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Emergency: Because of the extent of the infection, be assessed in the ER. You may need IV antibiotics and see a dentist. All the best.
Answered on Aug 2, 2015
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Dr. Katharine Cox
45 years experience Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Provided original answer
Sorry? Did they give you antibiotics?
May 31, 2015
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
36 years experience Pain Management
Call 911: If you are having trouble swallowing or breathing, STOP READING RIGHT NOW! and call 911. Do not drive!
Answered on May 31, 2015

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It can: Please see dentist asap. If this is not possible recommend you are seen at er.
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