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Suggest treatment for tooth abscess and swelling

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Posted on Thu, 17 Aug 2017
Question: I went to the ER yesterday thinking that i just had a tooth absess, but the swelling has continued to grow. I have tried hot compresses, swelling increased. Cold compresses and it has swelled even farther. I am on 500mg penisullin vk, bennadryl, 400mg ibuprophen. Its consumed half of my face. I dont know what else to do. I am 28 weeks pregnant and i cant get into see an oral surgeon until tomorrow at the earliest. But i am not sure its an infection if 500mg of penisullin isnt helping. Any idea what this could be? The internet has been exhausted, short of preclamcia... i do have other preclamcia symptoms but i am struggling to eat a decent meal and i am not a fan of taking a bunch of pills. Photos are yesterday after getting home from the ER and the 2nd one was this morning.
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Answered by Dr. Rakhi Tayal (24 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Due to the abscess itself.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for trusting us with your health concern.
A swelling only on one side of the face is less likely to be due to pre eclampsia. A tooth abscess can cause the swelling if the infection is severe. Taking oral antibiotic will not control the infection immediately if there is a some pus collection inside. Only the drainage of abscess will help in decreasing the swelling. You need an oral surgeon to drain the abscess.
Please feel free to discuss further. I will be glad to answer the follow up queries that you have.
Wishing you good health.
Regards.
Dr. Rakhi Tayal.
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Follow up: Dr. Rakhi Tayal (19 minutes later)
Does the swelling of an absess present quickly? I went from nothing to the first picture in four hours.
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Answered by Dr. Rakhi Tayal (30 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Yes. It spreads quickly.

Detailed Answer:
Hello.
Thanks for writing again.
Yes. A swelling due to abscess or local infection is quick to spread and is painful too.
Hope my answer is helpful.
Do accept my answer in case there are no further queries.
Regards.

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Suggest treatment for tooth abscess and swelling

Brief Answer: Due to the abscess itself. Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for trusting us with your health concern. A swelling only on one side of the face is less likely to be due to pre eclampsia. A tooth abscess can cause the swelling if the infection is severe. Taking oral antibiotic will not control the infection immediately if there is a some pus collection inside. Only the drainage of abscess will help in decreasing the swelling. You need an oral surgeon to drain the abscess. Please feel free to discuss further. I will be glad to answer the follow up queries that you have. Wishing you good health. Regards. Dr. Rakhi Tayal. For future query, you can directly approach me through my profile URL http://bit.ly/Dr-Rakhi-Tayal