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On clindamycin 300 mg every 8 hrs for abscess tooth and face swelling for two days and now have a really sore throat on side of abscess?! normal?!?

On clindamycin 300 mg every 8 hrs for abscess tooth and face swelling for two days and now have a really sore throat on side of abscess?! normal?!?

Absolutely NOT: Though Clindamycin can help with acute infection, it takes time. Increased swelling is an immediate health risk--especially if causing difficulty swallowing or soreness in the throat. Sore throat could be swollen lymph nodes, but could also indicate a spread of the infection. Recommend you seek immediate attention with your dentist or emergency room if s/he is unavailable. ...Read more

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Abscess (Definition)

Abscess is a condition in which a person has an infection in a part of his body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by his white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) where the infection is. Abscesses can be very small like an acne pustule, or they can be ...Read more


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Feel a sensation in my throat. I have an abscess tooth being treated by augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) Could this be my anxiety getting the best of me or a actual problem?

Feel a sensation in my throat. I have an abscess tooth being treated by augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) Could this be my anxiety getting the best of me or a actual problem?

Antibiotic: What's the sensation? May be anxiety, may be allergic reaction to the Penicillin. Talk to the prescribing practitioner or go to ER. Note that antibiotics don't cure infected teeth, just limit the spread of infection until you can have root canal treatment or extraction accomplished. ...Read more

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In the past four months, i've had kidney stones, strep throat with a peritonsillar abscess, two colds and a flu-like virus. Do i just have bad luck?

In the past four months, i've had kidney stones, strep throat with a peritonsillar abscess, two colds and a flu-like virus.  Do i just have bad luck?

Yes and No: Any time your body is stressed, certain hormones are released by your body to help you deal with the acute situation. While these are essential to help you during the acute event, they also slightly reduce your immune system, making you more prone to pick up something else. Listen to your body, and get plenty of extra rest, nutritious food, put stressors on the back burner and you will recover! ...Read more

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How can you tell if an abscess on the throat burst?

How can you tell if an abscess on the throat burst?

Throat abscess: You really need someone to look at this. The throat is a difficult place to evaluate, even as a practitioner. It is even more difficult for a person to look in their own throat. Get it checked by your primary practitioner or an ENT specialist. ...Read more

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What do symptoms like an abscess on my tongue and throat swelling mean?

Infection: An abscess indicates an infection (usually bacterial). Often antibiotics are given and sometimes surgical drainage is required. Most importantly, the cause of the infection needs to be treated. Have an oral surgeon evaluate. ...Read more

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Why would my left lymph node stay enlarged for almost 2 years after an abscess in my throat?

Why would my left lymph node stay enlarged for almost 2 years after an abscess in my throat?

Inflammation: Lymph nodes are filters for the blood and become enlarged to help fight infection or inflammation. It can take months or years for some neck lymph nodes to disappear, and it is not infrequent that some lymph nodes stay enlarged without further cause lifelong. If you are a smoker, you need an examination by an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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Wasn't fully answered... Can a dental abscess be hard and if so what causes it and would it causes white and dark patches on tossils and throat?

Wasn't fully answered... Can a dental abscess be hard and if so what causes it and would it causes white and dark patches on tossils and throat?

A lot to cover...: 1) hard? Yes. Long term infections grow inside the bone causing the bone to expand. It is hard because it is encased in bone, or under high pressure under the soft tissue. 2)unsure if i've seen these cause patches on the tonsils. Sounds like maybe strep throat or something else. See an endodontist/dentist for tooth eval, and physician for the throat. ...Read more

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Dental abscess drainage into throat. Any problems from that?

Dental abscess drainage into throat. Any problems from that?

See a dentist ASAP: A tooth abscess won't go away without treatment and the infection may spread to your jaw, cheeks, sinus and to other areas of your head and neck. A dental abscess is a collection of pus that forms in your teeth or gums as a result of a bacterial infection. Dentist will treat a tooth abscess by treating the cause and getting rid of the infection. See your dentist ASAP. ...Read more

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I've got peritonsillar abscess (quinsy), how will my doctor drain my throat?

I've got peritonsillar abscess (quinsy), how will my doctor drain my throat?

Peritonsillar: Peritonsillar abscesses are serious medical conditions that may require surgical drainage. This is usually done by a trained physician who may be a surgeon in a facility equipped with advanced airway management and suction. ...Read more

Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more