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Can abscess tooth make white blood count high?

I took my 4 year old to the ER yesterday after he had an abscess tooth removed because of vomiting and severe stomach pain. They did blood work and urine test and chest xrays because is white blood count was 31000 and should be around 15000. The doc told me that the throwing up was probally because he swallowed the infection and he also believes that is why the blood count is up. Sent us home with antibititotic. Today he is feeling better other than he still has the headache. Do you think that the abscess is the cause of the white blood cells to be high and the headache? Should I get another opinion?

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Asked by Anonymous at 2:24 PM on Mar. 24, 2010 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • Yes, it can cause the white blood count to go up because there is a precence of infection. When an infection is there, the white blood cells get ready for "battle" so to speak, it is the bodies defense mechanism.

    Answer by kimberlyinberea at 2:27 PM on Mar. 24, 2010

  • A dental abscess is an infection of the mouth, face, jaw, or throat that begins as a tooth infection or cavity. Although these infections can be caused by poor dental health and can result from lack of proper and timely dental care, they may also occur in people with underlying autoimmune disorders (Sjögren's syndrome and similar conditions) and people who have other conditions that weaken the immune system (diabetes, post-radiation/chemotherapy cancer care). Dental abscesses can also be triggered by minor trauma in the oral cavity.

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    Which means he could have an underlying medical issue that CAUSED the abcess. OR you are a bad mom, letting your child's teeth rot, which caused the abcess, at which point I wouldn't look for another opinion.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:28 PM on Mar. 24, 2010

  • yes!

    Answer by mrsmostafa at 2:30 PM on Mar. 24, 2010

  • Your blessed it did not kill him, because it can. Yahweh bless

    Answer by Daphna28 at 2:32 PM on Mar. 24, 2010

  • Yes, infection brings the white count up. The body is trying to fight off the infection. Abscess can make a person very ill. If it would set your mind to rest, go ahead and check with another doctor, since this is a serious issue and you'll want to make absolutely sure.

    Answer by Bmat at 2:35 PM on Mar. 24, 2010

  • having said that, if her urine out put dwindles or a fever develops that does not respond to tylenol and motrin (make sure she is getting proper amoundt, 15mg per kilogram for tylenol... then you should bring the child back to the ED

    Answer by mrsmostafa at 2:38 PM on Mar. 24, 2010

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