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Doctor insights on: Untreated Abscess

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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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Can an untreated dental abscess be fatal?

Can an untreated dental abscess be fatal?

Definitely, yes: If not treated, a serious dental abscess can eventually kill. The death from tooth abscess is not rare. Boston study (2008) found that 66 patients died due to dental abscess. ...Read more

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For what length of time can an abscess go untreated?

For what length of time can an abscess go untreated?

A lengthy time: Many dental abscesses are sometimes present for years before being discovered. That is because they have established drainage somewhere. They are still active, but not necessarily symptomatic. They should always be treated asap, though. They are always a source of potential harm if left untreated. ...Read more

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I'm wondering how long can an abscess go untreated before it's too late?

I'm wondering how long can an abscess go untreated before it's too late?

What kind?: Any abscess needs immediate treatment. Why wait until its too late? More damage is done which usually amounts to more cost to treat. In the end you will still have to see your health care professional. ...Read more

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For what length of time can you leave an abscessed tooth untreated?

Get treatment ASAP: An abcessed tooth is an infection. It is important to get infections treated quickly. An untreated infection can progress and get more painful, more swelling, and spread thru the rest of your body. An untreated infections can cause very serious infections and serious medical problems. Don't wait. Get to a dentist. ...Read more

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An abscess tooth untreated for many years can cause bodily infections, but can it cause asthma-like symptoms (excessive mucus, airway constriction) ?

An abscess tooth untreated for many years can cause bodily infections, but can it cause asthma-like symptoms (excessive mucus, airway constriction) ?

It is a possibility: The bacteria from an infected gums travels through the blood stream to other areas/organs of the body can cause bacteremia (bacteria in the blood) can also make you generally ill, effect any body system and cause cause asthma-like symptoms. Regular dentist visits can do more than keep your smile attractive, it may prevent general health problems. ...Read more

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If an abscess in neck is left untreated, can you die?

Yes: Neck infections can be life-threatening if left untreated. ...Read more

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What happens if a skin abscess is left untreated for too long?

What happens if a skin abscess is left untreated for too long?

Gets better or worse: It will either get better on its own by opening and draining or by being absorbed by the body or it will get worse and need incision and drainage with antibiotic treatment. ...Read more