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swollen cheek

hi, my husband went to the drs about an infection in his cheek.  He was prescribed 500mg of FLUCLOXACILLIN 24hrs ago.  His cheek has now ballooned, his eye is slightly closed, he cant really talk or eat because of the pain, what can he do now?
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Hello,
This swelling in the cheek can be due to an infection inside a tooth. Teeth can become abscessed; leading to formation of a pus-filled cavity in the gum or bone which can cause severe pain and swelling in all of the nearby tissues including the cheek. These pockets of infection, or abscesses, are typically painful and may also cause enlarged lymph glands near the infection site. You may try taking an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication, such as naproxen or ibuprofen. These medications can help relieve swelling and pain due to a toothache. Since the swelling is big enough get it seen by a doctor at the earliest. Do keep us posted.
Take care and regards!
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