A 31-year-old female asked:
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after iv antibiotics yesterday, tooth abscess swelling gotten worse. should i go back to the er? i'm taking cleocin (clindamycin phosphate) hcl 300mg 3x daily for 7 days.

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
53 years experience Infectious Disease
Probably OK, but...: Antibiotics don't work overnight, and it's not unusual for symptoms to get worse for a day or two. Typically I would not expect much improvement until 2-3 days. But to be safe, phone the ER or your doctor. If the swelling is severe, pain increasing, or fever, they might want to recheck things in person.
Answered on Apr 20, 2016
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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
40 years experience Dentistry
Dental Abscess: The abscess my need to be drained, either through the gingiva or the tooth. Have you consulted with a dentist or oral surgeon? Antibiotics alone may not be enough to control the infection, and certainly won't fix that rotten tooth.
Answered on Apr 20, 2016

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