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Abscess Antibiotics Not Working
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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
I have tooth abcesess and have been in antibiotics for 3 weeks. Not working. Leaking pus lathargic, temp 37.3. Pain v.Bad. Bm rising.What should I do?
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
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
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
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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