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  • Posted By: PleaseHelp!
  • February 23, 2009
  • 08:15 AM

Although this site is amazing, I don't have much time to search through everything to try and figure out a diagnosis, so I was hoping someone here might be able to help me.

My boyfriend has been suffering from an abscessed tooth for several years now, but only recently has it been giving him a lot of trouble and pain.

He was prescribed percocets and amoxicillian and told he would have to get a root canal.

Fine and dandy, but my boyfriend has NO health insurance or coverage at all and whilst trying to figure out how to get the money, his situation got worse, to say the least.

About a week after his tooth began to worsen, he also now has two sores appearing on his scrotum, resembling (we believe) a skin abscess.

We used creams, espsom salt baths and everything we could find, but the sores only got bigger.

The sores pus and bleed, and he says the skin underneath the sores is hard (he believes these are pus sacs) and of course the area is extremely tender to the touch and basically hurts him no matter what he's doing.

He will frequently get really warm and perspire heavily for no reason, and then suddenly be freezing and shaking uncontrollably (although he has not run a fever).

He is always tired (possibly because of the body trying to fight off the infection) but he's worried it might be another symptom.

Does anybody know what this might be? Can a tooth abscess really cause a skin abscess on a completely different region of the body?

If anyone has any information and advice it would be greatly appreciated. My boyfriend read that the infection can spread to the bloodstream and, if untreated long enough, can cause death (although this is rare). But of course, now he's scared that he's dying and is probably making his situation worse by stressing out even more...

We know he has to go to the doctor's as soon as possible, but any data about what he might have would be good to know ahead of time.

Thank you.

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  • Hi there, Thats excatly what i was going to tell you, he needs to get this treated straight away or it could kill him, this will poison his blood leading to death. All his symptoms sounds like his immune system is loosing the fight against this abcess. Death maybe rare but if left untreated (it would not be so rare) this is what could happen. There must be someway that he can get assistance for treatment. I myself went through septicaemia & was left fighting for my life for 4 weeks (many years ago) and all because I was untreated. He has to get treated one way or another. Good luck :)
    Tootsie 628 Replies
    • February 23, 2009
    • 10:54 AM
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  • Go to the hospital, they cannot turn anyone away, just because you donot have the money, thay have to treat him, My husband had the same thing, the tooth infection had turned into a blood infection. When you go to the hospital make them do blood test, he will need certain antibiotics for this infection. if he doesnt go he will get worse.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 23, 2009
    • 08:17 PM
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  • The abcess formations on the scrotum are not associated with the abcessed tooth and his symptoms would not be suggestive of septicemia. Absence of money is no excuse for obtaining medical treatment. Neither a county health clinic or a state hospital can turn you away merely due to the inability to pay. It is far more rational to seek immediate treatment and pay the bill out on a monthly basis than it is to let the condition ultimately warrant more expensive and extended treatment, including medications that may be needed. Best regards, J Cottle, MD
    JCottleMD 580 Replies
    • February 23, 2009
    • 11:05 PM
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  • Thank you for the suggestions, but I just wanted more data on what he might be suffering from, since we already know he has to go to the doctor/hospital.But he is also currently unemployed and is already in severe debt, hence the inability to go get help right away, although, as I mentioned, he WILL be going to get help soon.I also mentioned that he is already on antibiotics.Thank you Mr. Cottle for answering the question about the sores, I thought they could be something else... Although I still don't know how he could have gotten them (stress + low immune system most likely I guess).He has been treating his sores and they seem to be getting better, but we still plan on going to the doctor's as soon as we have some money saved up, so please, we just want anymore information on what he might have, not more reminders of what we already know.This is what I found by the way:"The uninsured are increasingly paying “up front” -- before services will be rendered. When they are unable to pay the full medical bill in cash at the time of service, they can be turned away except in life-threatening circumstances." source: http://www.nchc.org/facts/coverage.shtmlAgain, I don't want to come off as ungrateful or mean (I'm simply just frustrated), but we are at the mercy of other people's opinions. If the hospital doesn't feel that he is in "enough danger" basically, they CAN and most likely will turn him away. And we'll still get charged just for having them tell us that.So please, don't be so ******n him for not going. He just wants to have all his bases covered before he gets more bills and more debt and probably still no help. Of course there is still a chance that they WILL help him, which is why we will try when we can.Thanks again.
    PleaseHelp! 1 Replies
    • February 25, 2009
    • 07:55 PM
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  • Privately owned hospital systems may turn you away for any treatment other than to stabilize you if the need is emergent. State-run hospitals, and even some county hospitals or health clinics will see the patient regardless of ability to pay. I've been a doctor for 40 years and this has been the standing practice. I don't know what type of hospital you've attempted to seek treatment from, but I do know my profession and certainly don't need a quote from NIH to attempt to prove otherwise. Seeking actual diagnosis over the internet has, itself, practical restrictions for obvious reasons. Even if actual diagnosis were somehow possible, competent treatment with the appropriate medications would represent the actual problem at such a point. Forums of this type can help provide people with discussion about their medical tests or condition, but it does not constitute any type of supplantation of medical evaluation. Best regards, J Cottle, MD
    JCottleMD 580 Replies
    • February 26, 2009
    • 02:39 AM
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  • I don't think the abcess on the scrotum is related to the tooth. This site really can't give a real diagnosis and I think that's why people suggest your boyfriend go in for a check up. Honestly, I think the abcess downstairs is a blocked follicle. Sometimes public hairs don't break entirely through the skin (or if he shaves they sometimes don't break through). Anyway pus builds up making a huge boil. Its best to massage and maybe apply heat to the area. Doctors can relieve the are by draining it. The tooth abcess may be getting worse only if he is not taking the entire dose of antibiotics or the type he is on is not responding. Hope this helps
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 27, 2009
    • 01:56 AM
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