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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi,
on sunday i faced tooth iching which i did some activities like tooth pressing, moving tooth and using tooth pics to feel relax.
Today my cheeks has been swelled.
Could you please suggest on this.
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   Hi
Doctor :   May I know your age?
User :   24
Doctor :   Do you have tooth ache, foul mouth odour?
User :   Tooth ache
User :   but no mouth odour
Doctor :   Do you have any other medical illness such as diabetes?
Doctor :   Have you seen a dentist?
User :   no
User :   No.. i havent seen dentist as of now
Doctor :   Have you tried any medications?
User :   yes.. i tried ibuprofen 200mg
Doctor :   Did your symptoms improve with it?
User :   yes.. i am some what recovered from Tooth pain but my cheeck/gums are swelled
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me explain to you.
Doctor :   Since you report of swelling, it probably looks secondary to inflammation.
Doctor :   Such changes happen secondary to infection.
Doctor :   Accordingly you probably may be suffering from a dental caries or gum infection.
Doctor :   Along with the ibuprofen that you take, you need antibiotics.
Doctor :   I can suggest you few OTC that can be used.
User :   yes please
Doctor :   1. Chlorhexidine mouth gargles.
Doctor :   You can use them to regularly gargle - thrice a day
Doctor :   2. Topical antibiotics such as Metrogyl gel (oral metrogyl gel) can be used
Doctor :   Apply on the aching toot.
Doctor :   *tooth.
Doctor :   3. Continue the use of antiinflammatory medication such as ibuprofen 400mg twice a day.
Doctor :   4. If your symptoms aggravates or if you develop fever, you may need higher antibiotics in the form of oral medications
Doctor :   Since oral antibiotics are prescription only medication
Doctor :   you need to consult a dentist who can prescribe these medications.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   yes.. i need to get the Chlorhexidine mouth gargles, Metrogyl gel and ibuprofen 400mg
User :   and consult the doctor asap
Doctor :   Yes, this will be the treatment for the condition.
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   the only there any possibility to know how many days it will take to cure the swelling
Doctor :   It depends on the type and severity of infection as well as your body resistance.
Doctor :   If appropriate antibiotics are used, symptoms usually resolve in 2-3 days.
Doctor :   Persistence of swelling inspite of appropriate antibiotics indicate that it is probably a dental abscess
Doctor :   which need incision and drainage (minor surgical procedure)
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   yup
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   No Sir, Thank you for your time
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor :   Bye for now.
User :   Bye Sir.
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