I have cephalexin 250 and have a swollen gum around my tooth. can I use this medicine for infection in my mouth?
You should never HAVE left over antibiotics. Antibiotics should be taken in a full course to combat infection. When you do not take a full course, you risk several things. One is not getting rid of the infection. You might feel better but you may still have low grade infection that will come back in full force once you are off antibiotics for a while. Another thing that can happen is bacterial resistance. When you expose bacteria to an antibiotic but you dont kill it, it can develop resistance to the antibiotic so that it doesnt work the next time. This is why we are seeing so many resistant strains of bacteria (like MRSA for example) The only reason someone may have left over antibiotics is if a Dr does a sensitivity test and finds out the antibiotic he started wasnt effective against the bacteria and so he changed to another antibiotic. It is rare for this to happen. So even if, for some reason, you have left over antibiotics, you likely dont have enough for a full course.
You dont want to start treating something and not have enough medication to kill the bacteria. You need to contact your dentist for a new prescription. Just because the gum is swollen, it may not mean it is infected. It could be something else. Only your dentist (or if you cant see your dentist, go to Urgent Care) can tell you what antibiotic or other treatment to use.
We'll I am one of those who can't get Medicare yet. Have to wait 2yrs. Only have one more left. Not only do I have many health problems and no one will help but can't get Medicaid because I own my 2001 jeep. I am totally disabled and called for our state insurance and they want $160 a month. I've lost the bone to hold my teeth and they want 200-300$ to pull a tooth. I have absesed teeth also. I just pulled one myself, which was 3/4 of an in. long=jaw tooth. Now my wisdom tooth is rotting and in need of being pulled. Went to Aspen Dental and they want $133 a Tooth. Would have made payments but they said no but I could finance dentures. Didn't ask the price because for one I can't even afford groceries let alone pay $300 a month for dentures. Also my credit sucks so that won't happen. Got some penicillin and it took about 7 hours to finally get one of them out.
I've tried to pull the wisdom and the pain is so intense I am struggling to get it out. Got some Cephalexin 500 from a friend. Was hoping it would work. The pain is so bad I've resorted to rubbing alcohol and doing it the same way as salt water. Can only soak it for 10 minutes because it does burn but helps. Advil really can help but I can't take it because of the pain it causes in my stomach and I bleed through my bowels. Infection is so bad now it's went into my nose and working towards my eye. Our hospital here is non for profit but still refuses to help me because you have to pay large payments. I've worked all my life paying into the welfare system and unless you've never worked or was born into welfare you can't get any help. I am almost 60 and have reached my limit for living anymore like this. Never asked for help until now and I can't get it. Tired of living. Tired of this one sided system and tired of being in pain constantly. Obama care has screwed everything up. Not sure what's left to live for. I pray every day for God to take me and yet here I am. I've lost the war, so where is my ending.
- Cephalexin Information for Consumers
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