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Submitted by Pamii D

ABCESS PAIN - Spent a good portion of the last two nights in AGONY, and today began reading the other posts. It was really great to hear from others who are in the same place and get all of the ideas from everyone. I am in the same circumstance as a lot of others, No insurance, etc. But even when I had insurance and money I looked for posts like this for NATURAL cures and home remedies. I really appreciate the people who sincerely posted for HOME remedies. Most of us realize that the answer to go see an emergency dentist is pretty much the basic answer, sitting in the neverending waiting room throwing another $ 500.00 at the doctors, and we are looking for alternatives for one reason or another.

Having said that, I have had many years of seeking natural cures. And what worked for one toothache, may actually irritate another. I keep Clove oil on hand which didn't even touch the pain this time. And of course the taste leaves much to be desired. The cavity filler from last nights trip to Walgreens just stopped possible drainage of the infection and made matters worse by increasing the swelling. So I figured out part of the pain is infection trying to throb its way out. Definitely looking like more of an abscess as the pain is slowly spreading its tentacles up and down my jawbone and never stops throbbing to my heartbeat. So in addition to trying to kill the pain and finally get some sleep, I have also turned to the natural antibiotics. I want to fix the problem. Not throw a temporary bandaid on it. In this particular case I headed for onion as I managed to completely cure an ear infection with onion juice back in January.

For this pain management experiment I cut an onion thinly, pulled out a couple of strips, and bruised it to get the juices flowing. But it was uncomfortable and my mouth is too tender to lay there and chew on it. Not to mention I didn’t want my WHOLE mouth to soak in onion. So I headed back to the kitchen and dug out the grater. After grating about half of an onion into a nice mushy slop using the second smallest available option on the grater, and putting it into a small Tupperware, I took out a couple of sopping pinches and wrapped it in one layer of gauze just to keep it contained. (Remember it is the JUICE of the onion that you are looking for. The more the better). The gauze is clearly more necessary to keep it in place for top teeth but I wanted a poultice so it stayed localized and didn't get diluted all over my in my mouth. At this point, I could have added garlic, or salt, etc. But I wanted to stay with onion.

You can also either put it into your mouth cold or warm whichever makes you most comfortable. Just keep in mind that onion will heat up REALLY fast in the microwave. And cooking onion past 90 degrees Celsius begins breaking down the Allicin which is the antibacterial/ antibiotic property of the onion (and garlic). So if you microwave it, start at like 5 - 7 seconds and redo it if it isn't to your liking.

By this time my mouth was THROBBING with pain, and I was in tears, despite the pain medications. I went and laid down, putting the poultice into place and lying on that side. I kept it up for about 20 minutes, letting the onion juice soak into my tooth and gums. Heck I could have even fallen asleep with it in. The longer the better. But try for at least 10 minutes. It was not instant relief, but the more it soaked the better it felt and the less throbbing I had. The pain is now down to something manageable. From a 9 to a 2. I will go as long as possible before drinking anything because it really needs to SOAK into the tissue of your teeth and gums. Remember, it will still be working even after you remove the poultice. If you can taste it, it is still there fighting that bacteria. As with the ear infection, I intend to keep putting it on at bedtime even after I begin to feel better. Like with all antibiotics, I want to make sure the infection doesn't become resistant to onion juice. The grated onion will stay ok in the fridge for a couple of days. Fresh grated is always the best though. And the stronger the onion, the better it is for healing. Basic yellow onions are perfect.

I hope this helps someone else with their abscess pain or infection. I will post back and let everyone know how it turns out.

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Submitted by Carla

Pammi, it's been a week...has it continued to get better?

Submitted by Dack

Just did the onion as it was the only thing on here I had in the house. Cut it up and put a hand full in my mouth and held it there while reading more on here, Pain stopped and swelling is much better after just couple minutes. Seemed much longer and onion did bring tears to my eyes. Dentist charged me 160 to clean it and tell me for 7-800 cash he could do a root canal. best its felt in a week now.

Submitted by Dack

Just did the onion as it was the only thing on here I had in the house. Cut it up and put a hand full in my mouth and held it there while reading more on here, Pain stopped and swelling is much better after just couple minutes. Seemed much longer and onion did bring tears to my eyes. Dentist charged me 160 to clean it and tell me for 7-800 cash he could do a root canal(4 days ago). best its felt in a week now.

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