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WBC count high. Have sinus infection, choking phlegm, decaying teeth. Help?

My doctor said my white blood cell count is 15,000. She thinks I have an infection. She had a chest x-ray done. It came back clear. I am recovering from sinus infection , but have breathing problems and chest pain. I sleep with oxygen at night. I do not sleep well and wake up spitting and choking up phlegm-some blood-but now clear. I am morbidly obese and am dieting and on several medications. I have decaying teeth. I just relayed that message to the doctor. So far she is not treating me for the infection. What do you think? Thank you.
Asked On : Sun, 3 Feb 2013
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Dentist 's  Response
hello & welcome
as you are suffering from many problems but in dental treatment there is no such contraindication.
as you said that tooth is decayed we can try to preserve this by root canal treatment.
secondly short appointments can planned usually in afternoon, and your dentist can talk to your physician about your condition for better results.
thanks & take care

Answered: Mon, 4 Feb 2013
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Dentist Dr. Farah Hussain's  Response
Hi and welcome,
After reading to your history i can suspect you are suffering from Acute bronchititis . It i inflammation of air passages or alveoli in the lungs which may be viral or bacterial.
It usually shows symptoms of breathing problems, phelgm , chest pain and fever. It may be associated to post flue infections.
Since it is a medical emergency as you are short of breath i would suggest you to consult a physician and get evaluation done.
Dental problems like decaying teeth are not related with your other symptoms, decayed teeth can be treated by restoring them fillings or root canal treatment if necessary.
take care
Answered: Wed, 6 Feb 2013
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Dentist Dr. Anshumala Singh's  Response
dear friend,
thanx for sharing your concern,

Increased WBC count is suggestive of infection. which could be due to sinus or respiratory diseases.

Breathing problem and spitting phlegm may be due to the sinusitis or bronchitis or COPD.

coming to your dental problems.

it should be examined by a dentist.

get an xray done to see the infection in the teeth.

accordingly it can be restored or treated (RCT).

if there is gum problem, a thorough oral prophylaxis has to be done ( scaling).

dental problems like decayed teeth , gingivities or periodonties should not be ignored.

as in the longer run it can cause heart diseases like SABE, rheumatic fever etc.

remember these dental diseases are infectious. that is, they involve many bacterias.

therefore i would suggest you to visit your dentist soon.

until then maintain very good oral hygiene this will help you recover faster in other problems also.

meanwhile a course of antibiotics will reduce the infection.

Hope this helps you
take care ,
Answered: Wed, 27 Feb 2013
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Dentist Dr. Deepthi Reddy's  Response
Thank you for the query.
Increased WBC count suggests of infection which could be due to sinus or can also be urinary tract infection. . Breathing problem and spitting phlegm may be due to the sinusitis and decayed teeth can cause infection which will lead to increased WBC count .
Get urine culture done as well to rule out any UTI.
A course of antibiotics will reduce the infection and see your dentist for the treatment of the decayed teeth either by restoration or RCT if required.
Hope this information helps you.
Answered: Wed, 6 Feb 2013
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