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Pain and swelling due to abcess - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I was treated for an abscess with Amoxicillin 500 MG 3 days ago. In total I took 6 pills so far. The pain is almost 100% gone but the swelling is still there. Is this normal?
Doctor :   hello
User :   Hi
Doctor :   i am Dr
User :   Im AAAAAAA thanks for taking my quesiton
Doctor :   may i know your age and gender please
User :   28 M
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   how much is the swelling ?
User :   Well, first let me say that I know I'm almost certainly over reacting. The swelling I can feel but you really can't see it. If I was just walking through the store or something no one would know I had a problem
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   well you sure took the right medications
User :   I was also diagnosed with Panic Disorder 3 years ago so I generally freak out at the sight of anything unusual.
User :   I don't know if I need to let it work...I only took 6 pills...or do I need soemthing new?
Doctor :   and yes dont worry its natural for the swelling to be there
Doctor :   it will go in a day or so
User :   I woke up at 10AM feeling fine (minus the swelling) and now I feel like I'm dying.
Doctor :   dont worry the pain gone means its healed
User :   but I think I just started to panic when I saw the swelling. Oh ok so I guess just keep taking the medicine then?
Doctor :   as pain is an inflammatory response
User :   I still have some pain to the touch but nothing like yesterday and the day before. It was constant throbbing pain all day long
Doctor :   it usually takes 6- 7 days for an abscess to completely go
User :   ok perfect. so then I will just stay on the medication and try not to worry
Doctor :   thats the way to go
Doctor :   you will be absolutely fine
User :   ok thank you very much
Doctor :   your most welcome
Doctor :   take care
User :   yes you too.
Doctor :   good bye
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