Infections in the sublingual, submaxillary, or submandibular spaces.
Like all collections of pus, drain it. These are quasi-emergencies and the big risk is airway obstruction. Put a trach kit in the room as a magical talisman; once in the room they are never needed.
Given the increased resistance of streptococci and anaerobes to clindamycin (maybe 30%), I no longer use it.
ICD9 Codes (Soon to be supplanted by ICD10)