Toothache- how to get some relief?
Hello, I am 18 years old. I got toothache. My symptoms include swelling around the tooth, fever and headache. Foul-tasting drainage from the infected tooth is also present. A bad odor from the mouth sometimes appear. I also experience trouble breathing and swallowing along with my pain. Please help.
@lalit For temporary relief of a toothache, you can do the following:
Rinse with warm saltwater. Saltwater can loosen debris between your teeth, act as a disinfectant and reduce inflammation. Stir a ½ teaspoon of salt into a glass of warm water and rinse your mouth thoroughly.
Rinse with hydrogen peroxide. A hydrogen peroxide (3% solution) helps to reduce inflammation and pain. Dilute the hydrogen peroxide with equal parts water and rinse thoroughly. Don’t swallow it.
Cold compress. For swelling and pain hold a cold compress of ice wrapped in a towel to the painful area for 20-minute periods. Repeat every few hours.
Pain medications. Over-the-counter pain medications can reduce pain and inflammation. NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) and naproxen (Aleve) can be used, or take acetaminophen (Tylenol) if you can’t take NSAIDs. Don’t give a child under the age of 16 aspirin; use Tylenol instead.