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I have a Very painful lump in my cheek thats getting worse. I have a feeling that it is a cheek abscess and I'm very worried. How are these treated?

I have a Very painful lump in my cheek thats getting worse. I have a feeling that it is a cheek abscess and I'm very worried.  How are these treated?

By draining it: If you have an abscess, the way to treat it is to have it drained. This is a very quick and easy procedure. The doctor will numb up your skin and use a sterile scalpel to open the abscess. Once it drains you will feel 100% better! Please don't wait and suffer. It will only get worse and more painful. ...Read more

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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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Had gum abscess. Caused swelling in cheek. Abscess is gone, cheek still a little puffy. What is the weird sensation I still feel in cheek?

Had gum abscess. Caused swelling in cheek. Abscess is gone, cheek still a little puffy. What is the weird sensation I still feel in cheek?

Be patient: The swelling and a "weird sensation" can take some time to resolve, even up to a 2-3 weeks. Follow up with your dentist or an oral surgeon as advised. ...Read more

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How many days would be swollen cheek after abscess?

How many days would be swollen cheek after abscess?

Swollen cheek: The swelling should start going down within a day or two at most as long as the cause of the infection is being treated and you are taking the proper course of antibiotics. If not, let your dentist know right away. Unresolved infections can result if serious complications. ...Read more

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What can cause a abscessed cheek when teeth are healthy?

What can cause a abscessed cheek when teeth are healthy?

Infected: skin wound, insect bite, infected sebaceous or inclusion cyst, parotid gland. ...Read more

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Could a swollen cheek be a dental abscess?

Could a swollen cheek be a dental abscess?

Yes: Other things can cause a swollen cheek as well. Some examples are salivary gland infections and salivary stones. Regardless of cause this needs to be evaluated ASAP by a dentist or oral surgeon. Don't wait, if this is a spreading dental infection it can be fatal if left unattended. ...Read more

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What should I do about an abscess inside my cheek?

What should I do about an abscess inside my cheek?

See a dentist: Are the signs/symptoms in the cheek? If so, an infected accessory salivary gland may be present or maybe an infected parotid gland.
If the gum tissues are the location, it may be an infected tooth or possible an infected periodontal pocket (the space between the tooth and gum tissue). An antibiotic may be helpful.
See a dentist for help in diagnosis/treatment. ...Read more

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What to do if I have an abscess inside my cheek help?

What to do if I have an abscess inside my cheek help?

Oral infection: Are the signs/symptoms in the cheek? If so, an infected accessory salivary gland may be present or maybe an infected parotid gland.
If the gum tissues are the location, it may be an infected tooth or possible an infected periodontal pocket (the space between the tooth and gum tissue).
See a dentist for help in diagnosis/treatment. ...Read more

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Have a large abscess on left butt cheek. What do I do?

Have a large abscess on left butt cheek. What do I do?

Seek prompt medical: Evaluation. If this is a large abscess then an incision and drainage will likely be necessary. Take care. ...Read more

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My right cheek is swollen and it's not an abscess or tooth problem. What could it be?

My right cheek is swollen and it's not an abscess or tooth problem. What could it be?

See your doctor: Cheek swelling can be the result of a variety of different issues. It can be a symptom of an underlying salivary gland issue, allergic reactions, infections or tumors. See your doctor for evaluation, diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Dental abscess often causes a swollen cheek for how long?

Dental abscess often causes a swollen cheek for how long?

It depends: If you care of it , it last for about 1 week or ten days. ...Read more

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How can you treat with an abscessed tooth with a swollen cheek?

How can you treat with an abscessed tooth with a swollen cheek?

Good question: Not sure what you mean exactly. If the tooth is infected causing an abscess and a swollen cheek extracting the tooth or a root canal should fix it. Geting a tooth worked on that is abscessed and when you are swollen can be painful because all the nerves are hypersensitive and its hard to open your mouth. Anesthetic also usually doesnt last as long. ...Read more

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I have what looks like an abscess on the inside of my cheek. Theres no pain in my gums or teeth. Or pus coming from the abscess. What should I do?

I have what looks like an abscess on the inside of my cheek. Theres no pain in my gums or teeth. Or pus coming from the abscess. What should I do?

Abscess: If there is an abscess, it means there is an infection. Not quite sure what you mean by "looks like an abscess", but if has not resolved on it's own in a few days then you should see your dentist for an examination. ...Read more

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Got my wisdom teeth pulled 6/20/14, I've noticed a large abscess on my cheek need the surgical site, is this normal?

Got my wisdom teeth pulled 6/20/14, I've noticed a large abscess on my cheek need the surgical site, is this normal?

Not Normal!: An abscess as you describe is anything but normal! You need to call your oral surgeon or dentist immediately as it is potentially life threatening! If you are unable to make contact and you are feverish, have difficulty swallowing, actively draining pus, consider a visit to a hospital ER. Act quickly and good luck! ...Read more

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Can you have a tooth abscess with no tooth pain?I have a pain near my cheek bone when I bend foward or press had cold which is gone but pain still

Can you have a tooth abscess with no tooth pain?I have a pain near my cheek bone when I bend foward or press had cold which is gone but pain still

Of course: in most cases, an abscess or chronic tooth infection may form without any pain until it has advanced for some time. Any person with symptoms linked to a dental abscess should see a dentist promptly. ...Read more

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Large, red painful lump on cheek, doesn't come to a head like a spot. Just above where it's coming through so maybe I have an abscess or impacted wisdom tooth?

Large, red painful lump on cheek, doesn't come to a head like a spot. Just above where it's coming through so maybe I have an abscess or impacted wisdom tooth?

Best to be : Evaluated by a dentist. Once an exam and appropriate x-rays are taken a more definitive diagnosis and aporopriate treatment recomnendations can be rendered. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Using heroin IM.. I have 2 abscesses on each butt cheek that have recently popped. They are ozing pus .I'm taking amoxicillin.. how can I prevent scar?

Using heroin IM.. I have 2 abscesses on each butt cheek that have recently popped. They are ozing pus .I'm taking amoxicillin.. how can I prevent scar?

See a Doctor: 1. See a doctor for abcess treatment
2. Scars will not matter if you die from Heroin use.
3. Get on Suboxone treatment or get help for detox. You need medical attention can't do it by yourself.
Please go to ER or local physician to start feeling better. ...Read more

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Painful hard lump still in cheek above infected tooth after abscess drainage & root canal finished. How to get rid of this swelled area day 4 on meds?

Painful hard lump still in cheek above infected tooth after abscess drainage & root canal finished. How to get rid of this swelled area day 4 on meds?

Be patient: It may take some time (10-14 days or so) for the swelling to go down significantly. Try rinsing frequently with warm salt water and apply moist heat 3X a day. Take NSAIDs OTC for swelling and pain control. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a painful,tender,firm lump around my anus.Ive already had I&D of previous abscess on other cheek.Started after bowel prep for MRI.Causes?

I have a painful,tender,firm lump around my anus.Ive already had I&D of previous abscess on other cheek.Started after bowel prep for MRI.Causes?

This: sounds more like a clotted hemorrhoid than another abscess...

Try sitz baths..hot water until you can get it checked out

Hope this is helpful
Dr Z ...Read more

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I have an abscess I have tried everything to get it to come top a head anything else i can try?

Surgical drainage: Presuming that it is a skin abscess, it may be necessary to drain it surgically as it may not be able to rise through the tough, stratified layer of dry skin. ...Read more

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I have a bug bite on the top of my head.the next morning I woke up and my head hurt very badly, I found that I had 4 abscesses all around the wound, ?

I have a bug bite on the top of my head.the next morning I woke up and my head hurt very badly, I found that I had 4 abscesses all around the wound, ?

Allergic response: This sounds like a localised allergic response to the bug bite. It is unusual for infection to develop this early. This could likely be small blisters rather than actual abscesses. In any case if its causing you pain, you need to get this examined by a doctor. If there is infection, you may need antibiotics otherwise try some antihistamines which may reduce the reaction around the bite. ...Read more

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Sudden pain in right side of face that goes into head feels tender like an abscess when infected cause?

Sudden pain in right side of face that goes into head feels tender like an abscess when infected cause?

Orofacial pain: orofavial pain could be due to many reasons. Usually the main reason is odontogenic in origin . Please have a checkup By your dentist first and then take it from there ...Read more

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I have a reaccuring abscess in my groin area. I have had it cut open and drained three times. Returns without getting to the head. What can I do?

I have a reaccuring abscess in my groin area. I have had it cut open and drained three times. Returns without getting to the head. What can I do?

See doctor: This may be MRSA infection , or other etiology to consider. Various other immunological and infectious disease including std to be rule out , best advise to see your physician or infectious disease physician ...Read more

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I have an abscess on my thigh close to where my underwear lies and the core of it is at the head of the opening but wouldn't come out....what do i do?

I have an abscess on my thigh close to where my underwear lies and the core of it is at the head of the opening but wouldn't come out....what do i do?

Incise and drain: You need to see your doctor who will incise and drain this abscess and then commence antibiotics. Please do not perform this at home as you can end up causing further infection and cellulitis ...Read more

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I understand abscess has to be opened and drained but what if you have multiple abscess around both thighs and groin and some do not have a head ?

Seeyour Family Doc: Do not open or drain anything until you see your family doc...Opening and draining may or may not treat the symptoms, but not the cause of the lesions. You need to have your doc examine you to determine the cause of the "abcesses" and have appropriate treatment or referral for treatment. ...Read more

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I was put on antibiotics for an abscess on my tailbone yesterday, a head formed last night, began draining itself this morning for the past 5 hours?

I was put on antibiotics for an abscess on my tailbone yesterday, a head formed last night, began draining itself this morning for the past 5 hours?

Pilonidal abscess?: Your description sounds like a pilonidal abscess that has started to drain on its own. This may help reduce the pain but often the abscess needs to be cleaned out to really heal. You should see a surgeon. ...Read more