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Do I need a&e?. Massive abscesses and antibiotics not working.. Dentist will not open old root canal filling to drain pus.. Feel really ill and fever

Do I need a&e?.  Massive abscesses and antibiotics not working.. Dentist will not open old root canal filling to drain pus.. Feel really ill and fever

See another dentist: If you rely on antibiotics or other not a definitive treatment, the pain and tooth infection always will come back. Dentist/oral surgeon will treat a tooth infection by treating the cause and getting rid of the infection. Do not delay. See another dentist or an oral surgeon ASAP. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Abscess (Definition)

Occurs when one has an infection in a part of their body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) ...Read more


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I have an abscessed tooth. Painkillers and antibiotics are not working and i don't have money to go to a dentist till friday. What can I do at home to get some relief from the pain?

I have an abscessed tooth. Painkillers and antibiotics are not working and i don't have money to go to a dentist till friday. What can I do at home to get some relief from the pain?

See your DDS: I don't believe that if you have pain a swelling that you can treat yourself. If you are having financial problems go to a hospital or dental school to see if they have a program to assist you. Please don't allow the infection to get worse as this can impact your general health. See a doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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What to do if I have an abscess and on antibiotics?

What to do if I have an abscess and on antibiotics?

Treatment: If it's a Dental abscess, it will not go away until the tooth is treated (root canal or extraction). Antibiotics will simply slow the spread of the infection, not cure it. If a Medical abscess it may need incision and drainage. See the doctor that prescribed the antibiotic for treatment choices. ...Read more

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Abscess still there after antibiotics. What should I do?

Abscess still there after antibiotics. What should I do?

See Dr.: Many absceses can be "walled off" and the true and definative treatment needs to be surgical incision and drainage (i&d). There is always the chance the meds you took were not effective and the bacteria had resisitance to the meds. Taking more antibx isnot the answer, as that may promote more, future resistance. Get the abcess evaluated by a dr. Who can I&D it and culture it. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long do you have to be on antibiotics after an abscess cure?

How long do you have to be on antibiotics after an abscess cure?

Depends: It really depends on where the abscess is and how severe it is. If you have an abscessed tooth antibiotics alone do not cure, you need to treat the tooth to get rid of it. Most courses of oral antibiotics last 1 to 2 weeks. A z-pak is a 5 day course. ...Read more

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Can you please explain why abscess is not completely gone even after antibiotics?

Persistent source: Antibiotics don't necessarily cure an infection, but only mask its' symptoms. They may not be able to get to the source (bacteria). A procedure to eliminate the source may be needed. Consult with the appropriate doctor who deals with the affected area of anatomy. ...Read more

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Can antibiotics relieve an abscess without the need for surgery?

Can antibiotics relieve an abscess without the need for surgery?

Surgery 101: Ideally all abscesses should be drained, and many will fail antibiotic treatment, because antibiotics can't circulate well inside the abscess. Superficial abscess will often come to head and drain on their own, but surgery speeds healing. Deeper abscess, inside the chest or abdomen, may be drained percutaneously with the help of a radiologist. Surgery verses waiting must be individually evaluated. ...Read more

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If my abscess has started to drain itself do I still need antibiotics?

If my abscess has started to drain itself do I still need antibiotics?

That depends: That depends on how deep and extensive the abscess is. Antibiotics can help an abscess, even a draining one resolve faster. Regardless of whether it is draining or antibiotic use, you still need to have the infected tooth treated with a root canal procedure or and extraction. The abscess will not resolve until the source of the infection is eliminated. ...Read more

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Is your abscess meant to bleed out even when your on antibiotics for it?

Is your abscess meant to bleed out  even when your on antibiotics for it?

Yes: The only treatment for an abscess is drainage whether it opens up and drains on it's own or preferably surgically. Antibiotics may help prevent spread along the skin but really don't treat an abscess itself. After an abscess is opened, it will usually ooze a pinkish clear fluid for days or sometimes weeks depending on size. This is ok, but thick blood, lots of pus or any worsening is abnormal. ...Read more

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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more