abscess that wont go away

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Hi.

I have an abscess for the past 8 days from furthest back molar. I was diagnosed with this 7 days ago to which I was prescribed amoxicillin 500mg. Once started my antibiotics my face begun to swell along bottom of right jaw line which started to spread down my neck. I have been unable to open my mouth anymore than 1 cm. This is not a pain restricting. Me from opening my mouth but some form of mechanical stoppage. I went through out of hours service which I was prescribed co-amoxiclav and co-codomal . I hit the 48 hour mark tomorrow morning to which out of hours doc said the swelling will have been gone. The swelling has slightly decreased from my gland and jaw line but has started to spread up my cheek. I have all typical pain related to an abscess like ear ache and head ache. I found I hard to swallow but is easier now after starting the co-amoxiclav. If the swelling has not started to decrease after 48 hours I'm not sure what i could do ?

Thank you for your time and any response 😁

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  • Posted

    emergency room...infection seems to be in bone...mine turned out to be osteonecrosis of the jawbone.

    have you taken any drugs for osteoporosis?

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    • Posted

      Hi, ihavenonickname

      No I haven't taken any other drugs apart from what I stated above. Thank you for help, the swelling has now reached my right eye. Think I will go to a&e today.

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      Hi I have no nick name,

      I went to my gp to get referred to hospital hopefully, he said they would surgically remove the puss. I went to A&E to be prescribed metronidazole on top of the co amoxiclav I'm already taking, I'm am still unable to open my mouth and is restricted even more. The swelling is still the same giant size haha,

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      but you are on the mend albeit slowly...hugs

      Keep the frozen gel packs on....heat would just force it to swell more...about day three after meds, you should begin to see and feel improvement

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      Hey,

      After waking up this morning I noticed a huge spot like mass, very red and tender has on my right jaw line. The back of my throat has a num like sensation which I'm thinking is swelling. Day 3 of these meds is tomorrow and I'm not sure to wait is a wise decision.

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    The tooth either needs to be extracted or a root canal. Don't put it off , it will continue to be bothersome until root of infection is taken care of. My face and jaw were so swollen , I was on antibiotics for 3 weeks, I finally had it pulled and the infection and swelling went away.

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      I am to have the tooth extracted on the 22nd but I physically cannot open my mouth, some form of mechanical stoppage. The puss I think.
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      Make appointment to get it extracted sooner. Don't wait until 22nd, you will start to feel better once tooth is gone.

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    Hi Jamie, your infection needs to be treated with antibiotics asap because there is always a risk that your airways could shut down. Other than that, once the swelling is gone it should not bother you for some time. Tooth abscess tends to come back, sometimes within weeks but it can be years even so you need to think it through whether you want the tooth treated or extracted. Usually dentist can tell whether the tooth is worth rescuing and spending money on it. I know the pain is awful and it looks scary so if it won't get better within two days go back to either your GP or make an urgent appointment with your dentist. It should not take them long to write up a new prescription for a different antibiotic

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    And with your mouth swollen so much I seriously doubt that any surgeon will decide to go ahead. They can't see much on X-ray as well because

    everything is so swollen. Antibiotic, it the right one prescribed, should kick in within 2-3 days and swelling should go away quickly after that.

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    Please tell me what ended up happening. I am having the same problem. When did the swelling start going down?
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