Originally Posted by autumn19
The thing is, people do ask medical questions here, and we can give advice, possible things it could be. But you're putting them, and yourself, at risk if you give a definite diagnosis or treatment.
We all understand that most of the people coming here asking medical questions probably can't afford to see a doctor, but that's really the only legitimate option they have.
There are too many possibilities for the things they describe. Take this poster for instance. It could be an infection, it could be a popcorn kernel stuck in the gums causing inflammation, it could be cancer (worst case scenario). But we can't know for sure. Not even a doctor could tell the poster what's going on with just a description on the internet.
We can't put their health, their lives, at risk by guessing, or giving remedies when we're not 100% sure what's going on. If this is something serious, and I'm not saying it is, but if it is, how guilty would you feel if this poster decided to take what you said as fact, didn't see a doctor, and then found out weeks or months later that it was something serious that could have been cured had he/she gone to a doctor instead of taking your advice?
Do you understand where I'm coming from? I hope you do, and I hope you stick around, just try to remember that the people coming here are very real people, and we have to give them the best advice we possibly can, without doing more damage.
The garlic won't hurt the OP, but only a doctor can help him/her completely.