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Root canal treatment done after tooth abscess. Persisting infection. Severe night sweats. Is this normal?

I had a major tooth abscess discovered last Wednesday and had a root canal performed that day (6 days ago). The X-ray showed the usual bone loss under each root of the molar. The endodontist performed a root canal that day. There was so much pus, however, that he could not completely drain the infection. Apparently the infection had been going on for some time. I was put in 4x 300mb Clindamycin and I am in day 6 of this. In the past 3 nights, I have had full body night sweats on the 1st and 3rd nights. The swelling is very reduced, but I have never had this type of night sweat before. Is this something that can happen when the body is fighting off (with anti-biotic) a type of infection like this?
Asked On : Thu, 11 Apr 2013
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Dentist 's  Response
Thanks for posting your query.
The night sweats are due to-reaction of antibiotics on your body.
-drainage of pus within the abscess .
I would suggest you to take complete rest.
Avoid anxiety and stress.
Maintain oral hygiene well.
Frequent warm saline gargle can be done.
Use chlorhexidine mouthrinse to prevent bacterial accumulation.
Take care.
Answered: Wed, 24 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Qazi Ammara's  Response

Thanks for asking the query,

If the abscess of the infected tooth need to be drained compltely followed disinfection of the canals which is sealed and devitalised.

Night sweats are due to the antibiotics and analgesics prescribed to you.
If the medications are not suiting you, I would suggest you to visit the concerned Dentist and get the medications changed.

Maintain a good oral hygiene, use antiseptic mouthwash gargles twice daily.
Take lukewarm saline gargles 3-4 times a day.

Hope this helps out.

Answered: Wed, 24 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Farah Hussain's  Response

Hello there ,

Thanks for writing your query,

Night sweats is the reactionary effect of the body towards the medication you are taking like antibiotics and analgesics so do not worry.

This type of periodontal abscess drains in the oral cavity and may lead to nausea and vomiting.

once the abscess is drained the infected tooth needs to be explored again for root canal procedure.

you need to get an x ray done the affected area to confirm the presence of infection, approach a dentist for the treatment.

i hope this helps ,

take care.
Answered: Wed, 24 Apr 2013
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