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How fast can a tooth infection come back after 10 days of penicillin?

How fast can a tooth infection come back after 10 days of penicillin?

Variable: Depends upon the location, type of infection and the causative organisms. Could be very rapid if there is an abscess. ...Read more

Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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Can you have tooth infection even if no tooth pain is present? I feel pain at times but then it goes away and won't come back for a while

Can you have tooth infection even if no tooth pain is present? I feel pain at times but then it goes away and won't come back for a while

Possibly: It is possible for a tooth to be infected and now cause pain, if the infection is draining then pressure will not build up. It is best to see a dentist to have it checked before you end up with a major life threatening abscess. ...Read more

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Can probiotics cause a tooth infection to come back?

Can probiotics cause a tooth infection to come back?

Probiotics, no: It is the lack of good oral hygiene and diet that can lead to tooth decay, gingivitis and infection of the teeth. See your dentist for check up and cleaning. ...Read more

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Given penicillin 500mg for a tooth infection. Says take every 6 hrs for 7 days. Can I take one dose late daily? I sometimes sleep longer than 6 hours.

Given penicillin 500mg for a tooth infection. Says take every 6 hrs for 7 days. Can I take one dose late daily? I sometimes sleep longer than 6 hours.

Yes: The easy answer is yes. If your 30 min late on a dose it's not a huge deal. Just try to stick to the 6hr time frame as close as you can. If you're getting the appropriate total dosage in each 12-hr period you should be fine. ...Read more

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I have a tooth infection I'm taking hydrocodon and penicillin. For two days now. How soon til my jaw swelling goes away? So I can pull the tooth.

I have a tooth infection I'm taking hydrocodon and penicillin. For two days now. How soon til my jaw swelling goes away? So I can pull the tooth.

Consider:: Some tooth infections will never settle down without actually removing the tooth. Coordinate treatment with your dentist to "close the loop" and resolve the problem completely. ...Read more

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How much penicillin should I take for a tooth infection?

How much penicillin should I take for a tooth infection?

Do not self medicate: Or self diagnose. Please see your dentist for the appropriate medications and dosage instructions. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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If I am taking penicillin for a tooth infection, is intercourse with my boyfriend a risk if he is allergic?

If I am taking penicillin for a tooth infection, is intercourse with my boyfriend a risk if he is allergic?

Probably not: There isn't a lot of transmission of fluids from women to men during intercourse; this is more likely to be a problem for a penicillin-allergic woman whose male partner is taking penicillin. ...Read more

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I have a tooth infection but I'm allergic to penicillin. Is 500mg Cipro (ciprofloxacin) something I can take to help?

I have a tooth infection but I'm allergic to penicillin. Is 500mg Cipro (ciprofloxacin) something I can take to help?

Penicillin testing: Even though Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is typically tolerated if pcn-allergic, sounds like HealthTap dentists don't feel it is effective on dental infections. Go see an allergist to get penicillin testing, so a dentist can prescribe you the best antibiotic. Good chance you're no longer allergic. And follow their recommendations; get it done right the first time. ...Read more

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Can penicillin prevent the spread of a tooth infection?

Yes: A tooth infection if left unadressed can cause other problems and lead to abscess formation, bacteria in the blood and even heart valve infections. ...Read more

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How long does penicillin treatment take for tooth infection?

How long does penicillin treatment take for tooth infection?

Varies: It takes about 24 hours for the antibiotic to begin working and it may take a few days for swelling to go down. Sometimes additional or different antibiotics have to be used if the first one didn't help. However, don't think that an antibiotic alone can fix the problem. It may make symptoms better, but you need to figure out why there is infection. ...Read more

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Allergic to penicillin & clindamycin. What can I take for a tooth infection? The tooth is being removed next week

Agreed, in additiona: In addition to what the previous doc had in the answer, if you want to have anaerobic bacteria covered, Flagyl will be the choice. ...Read more

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Had a tooth infection which was treated Dec 14th but before being treated my chin and left side is all numb - I am on penicillin will this go away.

99% of the time yes: If the tooth has been treated by extraction or root canal and the abcess resolves, the pressure on the mandibular nerve dissipates and normal feeling returns. If penicillin only has been relied upon for treatment, the abcess and pressure on the nerve can persist or return (the tooth must be removed or root canal done for healing though). ...Read more

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I have a tooth infection I'm on penicillin 4Xs a day I just started it 2day I can't get in2 the dentist until next week#40;Tuesday) will this stop spreading?

I have a tooth infection I'm on penicillin 4Xs a day I just started it 2day I can't get in2 the dentist until next week#40;Tuesday) will this stop spreading?

Maybe: If your situation is improving you can probably wait. If condition or swelling gets worse you should see a dentist, oral surgeon, or er at hospital asap. Not all infection respond to penicillin. ...Read more

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Penicillin for a tooth infection, & my obgyn prescribed me tinidazole for bv. Are they ok to take together!?

Penicillin for a tooth infection, & my obgyn prescribed me tinidazole for bv. Are they ok to take together!?

Drug interactions: I don't believe there are any contraindications to taking both together. However, it is not for me or any other doctor over the internet to determine that. Call the doctors who are prescribing the medication and responsible for your care. ...Read more

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Which antibotic is good for a tooth infection? I'm on augmentan is penicillin better?

Which antibotic is good for a tooth infection? I'm on augmentan is penicillin better?

Augmetin is perfect: Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) is my preferred antibiotic. Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) is a synthetic penicillin and the better choice. Clindamycin is also an excellent choice. ...Read more

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Can I take penicillin for tooth infection and at the same time drink methylprednisole for an allergic reaction to a plant?

Can I take penicillin for tooth infection and at the same time drink methylprednisole for an allergic reaction to a plant?

Yes if: Both medications were prescribed by doctors. It is always best to run any questions regarding medications and treatment by the prescribing doctors who know you and your history best. As a general rule, unless you were allergic to either medication, taking other medications as well or had certain specific medical problems, I see no reason why they cannot be taken together. ...Read more

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About 2 months ago I had a bad tooth infection and was taking a high dose of penicillin. Soon thereafter I had a really bad vagunal itch. I tried the 3 day Monistat and Azo for yeast infection. And 2 months later I still have a slight itch. Not as bad as

About 2 months ago I had a bad tooth infection and was taking a high dose of penicillin. Soon thereafter I had a really bad vagunal itch. I tried the 3 day Monistat and Azo for yeast infection. And 2 months later I still have a slight itch. Not as bad as

See a Provider: May still have yeast. May need to use an oral medication to get rid of it. There are other vaginal creams that are more effective than Monistat. Are you eating yogurt or taking a Probiotic? Since yeast lives in the gut, this may also be helpful. If you are still bothered, see a provider and check it out. ...Read more

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Sinus infection from tooth infection doesn't go away with penicillin is tooth treatment needed before sinus and throat are healed?

Sinus infection from tooth infection doesn't go away with penicillin is tooth treatment needed before sinus and throat are healed?

Treat the tooth: Always treat the source of the pain (tooth in your case) and not the site of the pain (sinus in your case). Good luck. ...Read more

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Should I stop taking antibiotics (penicillin vk500mg) if my tooth infection has cleared?

Should I stop taking antibiotics (penicillin vk500mg) if my tooth infection has cleared?

No: Once you begin a course of antibiotics, always finish taking the prescription as directed, even if the infection appears to have cleared up. This reduces the chance of developing antibiotic-resistant bacteria. When you finish your prescription, ask you doctor if you should have further treatment to prevent reinfection. ...Read more

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What antibiotic is best for a tooth infection/extraction in someone who is allergic to penicillin?

What antibiotic is best for a tooth infection/extraction in someone who is allergic to penicillin?

Azithromycin: A "Z-pak" or generic azithromycin is a favorite replacement for pcn in many cases. Clindamycin is a more heavy hitter if needed. Consult your Oral Surgeon for best in your specific circumstance. Good Luck. ...Read more

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Taking penicillin for tooth infection now I have sore throat and yellow phlegm, what can I do?

Taking penicillin for tooth infection now I have sore throat and yellow phlegm, what can I do?

Continue penicillin: Finish taking the penicillin. It can be coincidental that you have the throat infection with the toothache. The yellow phlegm is the body containing and expelling harmful bacteria. ...Read more

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If get tooth infection on bottom last tooth in back will it cause Ludwigs?

Oral infection: You may be dealing with an ongoing problem with a wisdom tooth. Particularly if partially or near totally "impacted" (hopelessly trapped in bone and out of position) these teeth can be a source of significant facial and neck space infection. While Ludwigs is a rare occurrence, it seems that someone or something has prompted this concern in you. An exam and discussion with an oral surgeon is best. ...Read more

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Clindamycin for tooth infection how fast will it work?

Clindamycin for tooth infection how fast will it work?

24-48 hours: Typically it takes 24-48 hours, but it would be a good idea to have a diagnosis. See your dentist or the prescribing doctor for an explanation ; remedy for the problem. ...Read more

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I'm getting over a horrible abscessed tooth infection. Now, I have severe right side, back flank pain. Is there a connection?

I'm getting over a horrible abscessed tooth infection. Now, I have severe right side, back flank pain. Is there a connection?

Yes: Osteomyelitis, infection of bones in your back is a concern. The bacteria can travel in the blood stream (hematogenous spread) and cause an infection elsewhere. See your regular doctor and he or she will know what to do if red flag signs are present. ...Read more

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Can sinus infection as the result of bad wisdom tooth infection bone/fracutre cause spine infection? Is there barrier between spinal fluid and sinus?

No: Bad sinus disease if left untreated can cause intracranial infection or even brain abcess. The infection erodes through the bone and covering of the brain. This can cause meningitis, but not necessarily spine infection. ...Read more

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Infected tooth has been removed taking penacillin how long should it take for my throat to feel better? Is throat caused from tooth infection?

It is possible: That Infection in your tooth can travel throughout your whole body and of course your throat. Along with the pain, a tooth infection might also cause sore throats and swollen lymph glands just under the jaw. It will take 7-10 days for infection to clear. Taking OTC NSAIDs and gargling warm saltwater can also help soothe discomfort and speed up the healing process.
good luck. ...Read more

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I have an infection in a tooth and started penicillin yesterday morning and the swelling has gotten worse. What to do?

I have an infection in a tooth and started penicillin yesterday morning and the swelling has gotten worse. What to do?

Some thoughts...: Did your dentist give you the prescription for penecillin or did you have some unused antibiotics in your medicine cabinet? If your dentist did, please call them immediately as an emergency. If you took old meds, then you need to call a dentist to be seen, since antibiotics do not solve dental problems, they just mask the symptoms. Feel better soon.. ...Read more

Dr. Louis Gallia
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Toothache (Definition)

Dental pain is a symptom where one has pain in his teeth or gums, sometimes with sensitivity to cold or hot ...Read more