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How long does it take for a tooth abscess to develope?


I noticed a lump on my gum next to a tooth that is heavily filled so i went to see the dentist, he said it was on the verge of turning into an abscess and gave me antibiotics for 5 days, i have 2 more tablets to take and i notice no difference to the lump but i am due to go abroad tomorrow and am scared it will turn into an abscess on holiday! Anyone know how long it takes for an abscess to develope?
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It takes about 24 hours to 72 hours to form and the antibiotics are not really to reduce the size of the abcess, it targets the bacteria in there to reduce there potency, the size can only be reduced by draining it, tell him you going abroad as flying with an abcessed tooth is no no  (+ info)

Which antibiotic is generally prescribed for a person suffering from an anal abscess?


My father has an anal abscess, it was drained but he has not received antibiotics so far and it's been two weeks. He has now been advised by two different, more experienced gastroinestinologists than the one he went to that he does need antibiotics. Question is, which brand of antiobiotics is the appropriate one for something like an anal abscess?
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Whatever one the doctor thinks is most appropriate. I'm not an expert, but I do know that there are drug interaction and side-effect issues that his doctor will need to take into account and it's really more then we can get into here on this website.  (+ info)

My friend has an abscess under his arm that’s leaking. Do we seek medical attention now?


My friend has had the same abscess under his arms for several days and was told to seek medical attention if it didn’t appear noticeably better. The thing just started leaking pus. What do we do now?
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I had one, so did my son and daugher, staph infection, we all went to the doctor, to be put on antibiotics to help the infection. You may want to........but once it has started pussing, it should get better, if it doesn't, i would go... it may be a pimple gone bad...as the doc told me about mine...was right on the butt it hurt !!!!!!!!!  (+ info)

How long does it take for the swelling from an abscess tooth to go away when taking penicillen?


How long does it take for the swelling caused by an abscess tooth to go away when taking penicillen.
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usually takes 2-3 days, but it will come back if the cause is not treated. Need to take inflammatory too.  (+ info)

I have a pilonidal abscess and I wanted to know if anyone has any tips for the pain and discomfort?


I've had the pilonidal abscess for 2 weeks, although I only found out yesterday that I need to have the surgery to get it removed. I just wanted to know if anyone has found the antibiotics helpful or if anything else has helped them relieve the discomfort? My doctor told me that the antibiotics will help 5% but I consider that to be better than none.
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Mine was lanced followed by a round of antibiotics and that did the trick for me, although I know relapse is common. For pain, try a hot moist washcloth to reduce swelling and encourage draining. Avoid sitting for extended periods of time. Good old tylenol or advil may work too. I know they suck big time so hand in there!  (+ info)

How can i reduce the abscess swelling?


I've had an abscess in my lower gum (jaw) for 3 days now. It's caused my lower cheek to swell (noticeably). I've been taking amoxicillin capsules for about 4 days to elimate the infection.
When will the swelling go down? Can i reduce it someother way?
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get a regular tea bag get it wet put it in your mouth right on the abscess and it will pull the puss out and make it feel 10x better  (+ info)

How do I get the abscess on my face to come to a head?


its been 4 days and i have an abscess the size of a golf ball underneath my eyebrow which has caused my eye to swell shut. this is extremly painful and i've already been to the hospital and got antibiotics and pain killers but i dont have insurance and dont want to pay an arm and leg to get it lanced. im in aggonizing pain and need help asap. my birthday is tomorrow and i can't even go out in public.
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What antibiotics work for a tooth abscess?


i need some because i can't afford to get it pulled right now and i want this pain to stop before i jump off a cliff. (not really).
i just want the best medicine for my tooth
and the abscess is under my tooth
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The practice of prescribing antibiotics for an abscessed tooth before extracton has died out. It used to be the norm many years ago, but no longer is. Once the tooth is removed, the abscess is gone as well.

That being said, you cannot get antibiotics over the counter for the reason mentioned by the dental student. They have been overused and often times do not work. You need to at least see a dentist to get a prescription for the correct amount of antibiotics to treat your particular case. Do not take any that have been prescribed to someone else and that they have left over. Antibiotics are designed to be taken at specific intervals and a person must take all of the prescribed amount for them to work properly.

Also, it usually takes about 3 to 4 days for the abscess to start to go down once you are on antibiotics, so you will still have pain. When you see the dentist ask for pain pills in addition the the antibiotics. but if you can afford the medications, you may be able to afford the extraction and be out of pain sooner.

The most commonly prescribed antibiotics for dental treatment are amoxicillin or penicillin.  (+ info)

What anti-biotic is prescribed for someone with anal abscess?


My father has an anal abscess, it was drained but he has not received antibiotics so far and it's been two weeks. He has now been advised by two different, more experienced gastroinestinologists than the one he went to that he does need antibiotics. Question is, which brand of antiobiotics is the appropriate one for something like an anal abscess?
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that depends on what bug has caused his abscess. antibiotics have different mechanisms of action, and so work on different bugs. common abscess causers are
staph aureus- dicloxicillin (unless its MRSA, then doxycycline)
fungi- Imidazole.
whatever he is given, it will probably clear out his natural intestinal flora- so tell him to eat lots o yogurt:) also, he should be checked for some underlying condition...abscesses are much more common in people who are somehow immunocompormised.  (+ info)

How long does it take for an infection to turn to an abscess?


I have just learned that I may have an abscess on my falopine tube.
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It is not possible to determine...they can turn within hours or weeks...different people have different systems...healing times etc...good luck with that..  (+ info)

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