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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   My boyfriend has has green mucus in his nose it smells foul and really bad breath for a month now and a week agao he had a cracked tooth pulled was put on antibiotics but he still has the green mucus and foul breath what causes this
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Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   I am Dr.Bharath here
Doctor :   Let me read your query
User :   hi and ok
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Most of the times, such mucus is due to infection
Doctor :   infection can either be bacteria or fungi
User :   what kind of infection in his mouth or sinuses he was at dentist a week ago had a cracked tooth pulled was on antibiotics but this is not going away
Doctor :   Nose, nasal infection
Doctor :   or sinusitis
User :   how come the antibiotics the oral surgeon gave his didnt help
Doctor :   he shall need a course of another antibiotic
Doctor :   it should be better
Doctor :   if he does take a combination
Doctor :   like an antibacterial with metronidazole/tinidazole like drugs
Doctor :   it has to be taken on prescription only
User :   so basically he needs to see a dr to get another antibiotic
Doctor :   Right
Doctor :   That shall be the idea
Doctor :   other method is to send the mucus for a culture
Doctor :   to see if there is any growth
Doctor :   but that shall be costly and time consuming though ideal
User :   this has been going on for a month and its just awful he talks to me and omg his breath kills me his nose when he blows it smells foul too and the green mucus yuk
User :   so he needs to see a dr for a sinus infection and get antibiotics
Doctor :   Right
User :   can his teeth being bad cause this to happen
Doctor :   That is also likely
Doctor :   but green mucus is evident from nose right?
User :   would that be realted to why he got this to begin with because he let his cracked tooth go for 6 months
User :   yes from nose green mucus and when he blows it it smells as foulf as his breath does
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   so it is nose in most probability
Doctor :   but dental infection can add on to it
User :   can that be caused by the fact he let his cracked tooth go for a really long time before getting it fixed (the sinus infection)
User :   oh ok well will tell him to go to clinic or something for his sinus infection for antibiotics then thanks
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me. Bye for now. Please refer your friends to our service.

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