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Swollen cheeks, pain in tongue and throat, bad taste in mouth, cracked tooth. Due to crab in tooth?

My face cheeks have been swollen for a month. Also my tongue is huge and thorat hurts. Have a awful taste in my mouth? Also I cracked my tooth on a crab leg. I am allergic to seafood. Don t have money for dental work either. Could it be that I have a piece of the crab in my tooth still, that s causing my face to swell?
Asked On : Fri, 12 Oct 2012
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Dentist 's  Response
Hello & welcome,

First of all, you are putting yourself on high risk by eating sea food even after having the knowledge of carrying its allergy.

Never ever do this again as allergic reactions go on increasing in the severity with each episode & you may put yourself in life threatening situation.

Now, your face & cheeks are swelled along with tongue & throat that's hurting that means you are in advanced stage of infection because of fractured tooth which is acting as main focus of infection.

Only piece of crab remaining in oral cavity can not present with such swelling unless it's an allergic reaction itself.

So, as you are in advanced stage of infection, intake of Antibiotics & painkiller on your own is not at all advisable here.

Visit your dentist as quick as possible & get evaluated. This is because, if there is abscess formation it might need to be drained by incision which can be done by dentist only.
Severe infection may require administration of Antibiotics intravenously to lower the risk of developing septicemia.

Again I would advise you to visit your dentist as quick as possible because, if such infections if not treated on time may land you in life threatening condition requiring hospitalization.

Take care.
Answered: Fri, 19 Oct 2012
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Dentist Dr. Inderpreet Singh's  Response
why do you eat seafood when you know you are allergic to it ? you might have been having a carious tooth which was waiting to crack and the blame fell on the poor crab. have some antibiotics like amoxycillin 500mg 2 times a day and painkillers like diclofenac sodium 3 times a day for 3 days and consult a dentist asap
Answered: Sat, 13 Oct 2012
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Dentist Dr. Geoffrey Ward's  Response
Hello and thank you for your question.
First, if you are allergic to seafood it is best to avoid it because you may develop a more severe allergy and cause yourself to go into anaphylatic shock that can kill you.

Second, you should use crab leg crackers not your teeth to break open hard items. Teeth are meant for chewing, not for an opening tool. This is especially important to follow if you can't afford dental treatment.

More than likely there is not crab in your mouth still after a month unless you have not been flossing your teeth. Then possibly you have a piece of crab stuck between your teeth. The culprit of the swelling is most likely the tooth. If you are having throat pain, an awful taste in your mouth and a swollen tongue, you more than likely have a dental infection such as an abscess. It is best addressed by a dentist. If you have an infection it is a good idea to get it treated. From the sounds of its location you could put yourself at risk of acquiring a more deadly infection called ludwings angina which is an infection of the spaces between the bones, muscles and ligaments in your throat. Basically the infection swells your throat shut and makes you look like a bullfrog. Dental infections should be addressed as soon as possible.

You may want to find a free dental clinic in your area under google, or find a dental school near you which has discounted prices. If you have medicaide, medicare, you can go to a dental school get an x-ray, exam and extraction for about $3 copay.

I hope this helps.

Best wishes and good health

Dr. Ward
Answered: Sat, 13 Oct 2012
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Dentist Dr. Bindiya Bhaskar's  Response
the symtoms are due to fracture of tooth due to biting of crab leg.
visit your dentist and get your mouth examined clinicaly.
i would also advice you to get an x-ray of cracked tooth to rule out any fracture of root or periapical pathoses. while eating the crab,your tongue and throat has got inflammed or injured.
if the cracked tooth can be saved,root canal treatment and crown placement has to be done.
i would suggest you warm saline gargle frequently as it can fasten healing of throat and tongue infection.
take tab.divon plus-twice daily for 3 days and tab.spamox-500mg,thrice daily for 3 days.
also check whether your wisdom is impacted or erupting causing pericoronitis?
if so, it has to be treated.
Answered: Sat, 13 Oct 2012
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