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Clarithromycin for dental abscess - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   is clarithromycin an effective antibiotic to treat a abscess in the mouth??
Doctor :   Hi Dr here
Doctor :   YES, it is a good antibiotic
Doctor :   it covers both gram negative and gram positive organisms so its a good medicine
User :   ok thanks
Doctor :   may i know any other issues that u have ?
User :   about how long does it take for the swelling in my face to go down?
User :   I am takeing clarithromycin 500mg 2times a day
Doctor :   can u describe the swelling, and the symptoms before i can give u the correct answer
Doctor :   i need to diagnose the site affected, so that i can tell u the prognosis with treatment
User :   my left cheek is very swollen, I have pain in my cheek bone but my tooth dose not hurt.
Doctor :   do u have any tooth caries, or have u had it anytime before ?
User :   I don't know what a tooth caries are?
Doctor :   like tooth ache, and pain due to plaques that are infected in the teeth
User :   My tooth has a crack. I had it looked at by the dentist but after it felt fine I didnt go back to have it fixed.
Doctor :   can u describe the size of the swelling , size and exact location ? is it infront of the ear ?
Doctor :   as well has the same side of the cheek affected as the tooth crack that u had ?
User :   from the cheek bone down, It is like a chipmunk face. the same side as the tooth. the tooth is on the top and the pain is above it.
Doctor :   ok,
User :   it is in front of the ear but I doesnt seem to be effecting my ear
Doctor :   i guess you have a dental absess, that has spread to the underlying soft tissues
Doctor :   you need a course of antibiotics for atleast 1 week
Doctor :   and for the inflammation to subside, you can take NSAIDs as well
User :   and the one I am taking will be ok?
Doctor :   may i know, has these medicines been prescribed by your doc ?
User :   yes......but not when I was sick a different time
Doctor :   Yes clarithromycin is good, for dental abscess,
Doctor :   so u have additional pills right now ?
User :   I had a respitory infec. and I had alot extra
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   you can take clarithromycin for 7 days, and it will work fine
User :   ok thanks.........u have been very helpful!
Doctor :   you r welcome
Doctor :   please feel free to leave ur feedbcak as u log out
Doctor :   bye for now
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