Gum Boils

Gum Boil Symptoms:

The symptoms of a gum boil are usually very mild. However, if left untreated it may lead to severe complications such as infection or even death. A gum boil is not contagious and there is no need to worry about your family members getting one either. But if you have children under the age of 5 years old, then you should get them checked out immediately because they might be at risk for developing a gum boil.

What causes a gum boil?

A gum boil is caused when bacteria grow inside the mouth. These bacteria normally live in the throat and nose but sometimes they spread to other parts of the body. They are called Candida albicans and they are found all over the world including North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. Most people do not notice any changes in their breath or taste when these types of infections occur.

How does a gum boil affect my health?

In most cases, a gum boil doesn’t cause any problems. But some people develop symptoms like fever, chills, headache and stomach cramps. If left untreated, these symptoms can become life threatening. Some of the things that could happen include:

Fever – Fever is a normal part of the body’s response to illness or injury. It helps fight infection by stimulating the production of white blood cells. When you have a fever, you may feel warm to the touch and begin to sweat. You may also have chills and feel very tired.

Stomach pain – Stomach pain can be caused by a variety of factors, including eating too much or eating something that your body doesn’t agree with. It could also mean that you have an infection in your stomach, which may need immediate medical attention.

Blurred vision – You may begin to notice small changes in your vision. On a regular basis, you will have some trouble focusing on objects that are far away or have a lot of details. This may be accompanied by sensitivity to light.

Shortness of breath – Sometimes the lining of the lungs can fill up with fluid, making it difficult to breath. This makes it hard for oxygen to pass into the bloodstream and is usually a symptom of a greater medical condition.

Headaches – A headache may be caused by many different factors. Some people get them simply because of stress or tiredness, but there are also more serious causes such as a brain tumor or injury.

How is a gum boil diagnosed?

If you experience any of the symptoms mentioned above then you may be diagnosed with a gum boil. To determine whether or not you have one, your physician will ask you what your symptoms are and perform a general checkup. They may also ask you some questions about your medical history and do a blood test. Your physician may also order an X-ray or CT scan to make sure that the infection hasn’t spread to your bones or chest.

How is a gum boil treated?

A gum boil can be treated by draining the pus, which can be quite painful. After this, the physician may send you home with some strong antibiotics to fight off any potential infection. They may also give you painkillers to help alleviate the symptoms or even a tetnis shot if you don’t have any current vaccinations.

How can I prevent a gum boil?

You can help prevent a gum boil by practicing good dental hygiene. This includes brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes and cleaning between your teeth once a day with floss or another interdental cleaner. You should also visit your dentist at least twice a year for check-ups and cleaning.

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