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LUMP ON JAW LINE

ABOUT A MONTH AGO I WENT TO THE DOCTOR AND WAS TOLD THAT I HAD AN EAR INFECTION.  I WAS PUT ON 500MG LEVAQUIN.  AFTER TWO DAYS I FELT BETTER BUT HAD DEVELOPED A LUMP AND SWELLING ON MY LEFT JAW LINE.  I FINISHED MY ANITBOTICS BUT THE LUMP DID NOT GO AWAY.  THE SWELLING WENT DOWN.  I HAD A FOLLOW UP WITH MY DOCTOR AND ASKED ABOUT THE LUMP.  I DIDN'T REALLY GET AND ANSWER HE JUST PUT ME ON MORE ANITBOTICS.  THIS TIME I AM ON 150MG CLEOCIN 4X A DAY FOR 10 DAYS.  I HAVE THREE DAYS LEFT AND THE LUMP STILL HAS NOT WENT DOWN.  I DO NOT HAVE ANY PAIN ON THE INSIDE OF MY MOUTH.  THREE DAYS AGO THE LUMP WAS SORE FROM THE OUTSIDE.  MY DOG HIT MY JAW AND PAIN SHOT INTO MY EAR.  IS THIS AN ABSCESS TOOTH OR IS THIS FLUID FROM MY EAR.  I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHY AFTER TWO ROUNDS OF ANITBOTICS IF THIS IS AN ABSCESS IT HASN'T WENT DOWN.  THAN YOU
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I would highly recommend seeing a dentist to check for a possible dental source of infection.  It may be a dental infection and usually antibiotics help to contain the infection but it doesn't resolve the infection entirely.  
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I JUST WANTED TO ADD THAT MY JAW HAS SWOLLEN AGAIN.  I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY IT WOULD STILL SWELL AFTER ALL THE ANITBOTICS THAT I HAVE TAKEN.  I CALLED MY DENTIST AND I GO TO SEE HIM ON THE 28TH OF APRIL.  I WAS TOLD THAT THE ANTIBOTICS WILL WORK UP TO 10 DAYS AFTER I HAVE TAKEN THE LAST ONE.  THANK YOU
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MY JAW IS SWOLLEN WORST TODAY THEN IT EVERY HAS.  I STILL DON'T HAVE ANY TOOTH PAIN.  IT IS SORE BUT IT IS LIKE A BRUISE SORE.  I HAVE BEEN READING ON THE INTERNET TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT IS GOING ON WITH IT.  AFTER READING SOME OF THE THINGS WRITTEN I AM GETTING AFRAID.  WOULD LIKE TO HAVE YOUR PROFESSIONAL ADVICE ON THIS MATTER.  THANKS
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just wanted to update and let you know that i ended up going to the er on easter morning.  my jaw had swollen so bad that i couldn't shut my mouth.  the swelling had started on the inside of my jaw as well as the outside.  it got so sore that i couldn't even stand for an ice pack to touch my jaw.  they did a ct and found out that it was an abscess.  it was 1 inch by 3/8 inch big.  they gave me iv rocephin and drained the abscess.  they put me on 250mg of keflex 4 x a day and 300mg of clindamycin 4 x a day for the next 10 days. talked to my dentist this morning and have a follow up appt. with him on weds.  then if all goes well i will hopefully get the tooth that is causing all of this pulled next week.  thanks for all of your help
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Thanks for the followup.  I'm glad that they figured out what was wrong.  With the removal of the tooth, the abscess shouldn't recur.  Make sure to follow all post-operative home care instructions and you should be back to normal in no time!  
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