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Ice pack or hit water bottle to soothe teeth/ throat /ear?

(14 Posts)
olivo Tue 04-Feb-14 19:14:03

I have got an infection round my wisdom tooth, started ABs today, but have reached max limits for both paracetamol and ibuprofen - can't take any more till midnight. Am wondering if heat or cold might see me through till then? The infection seems to have given me swollen glands, sore throat and ear ache and even the pain killers are not helping much.

olivo Tue 04-Feb-14 20:00:10

Bump to get me through the next 4 hours!

GirlWithTheDirtyShirt Tue 04-Feb-14 20:01:14

I think I'd go with a hot water bottle as ice could make it more painful.

somedizzywhore1804 Tue 04-Feb-14 20:07:04

I've just been diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia and a torn muscle in my face which have very similar symptoms to what you describe. You need to alternate heat and cold so ice pack for half an hour then hot water bottle for half an hour and repeat.

You also need codeine.

olivo Tue 04-Feb-14 20:10:14

I only have cocodamol but am at my daily limit for paracetamol. Will try the alternating hot cold.

somedizzywhore1804 Tue 04-Feb-14 20:21:52

Do, it does help.

If you've got anything that massages gently too that is good. Even a vibrator wrapped in a towel might help grin

Badvoc Tue 04-Feb-14 21:06:17

Try putting warm olive oil in your ear for the pain.
I found warm hot water bottles helped when I had an infected wisdom tooth.

SecretJewel Tue 04-Feb-14 23:21:04

It sounds like pericoronitis.

If so, big no no to heat (although I'm sure it would feel nice initially).

Pericoronitis is an acute bacterial infection, and if you warm the area up, the bacteria will thrive and thrive in there until your gum swells up like a balloon.

Ice would be much better to slow down the growth of the bacteria.

Salt water rinses also good (but minging, I know smile)

olivo Wed 05-Feb-14 08:29:32

It is pericoronitis, I went to the dentist yesterday, she has referred me to hospital to have it out but the waiting list is v long. Oh dear, I have been using a hot water bottle, probably the reason I now have a golf ball size lump under my chin and can't swallow or talk. I will just use ice, and keep taking the antibiotics. The painkillers don't seem to make much difference, never felt pain like it.

somedizzywhore1804 Wed 05-Feb-14 10:35:18

Can you go to your doctor for higher codeine dose OP? You sound like you need 30/500 codeine to paracetamol and to take two, four times a day.

Badvoc Wed 05-Feb-14 10:46:32

Nefapam would be a good painkiller to take.
Sorry my advice about heat wasn't good! Although when I used heat I had dry socket sad

olivo Wed 05-Feb-14 11:08:42

I did wonder about going to my dr for better pain relief. The cocodamol I have is 8/500. Ibuprofen is usual 400mg but neither doing much. The golf ball size gland is still there and showing no signs of going. Have had to take day off workhmm

olivo Wed 05-Feb-14 11:21:46

Some dizzy and bad co, thanks, I have just phoned my drs and someone is going to give me a call back. I didn't realise there were higher doses; I'd sent Dh's to the pharmacy but they just said it was prescription only anyway.

Watch this space, I am desperate for something to put me out of my misery!

Badvoc Wed 05-Feb-14 11:26:14

I would ask for hardcore stuff - tramadol, nefapam etc

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