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Doctor insights on: Alternative Treatments For Endocarditis

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Does petechiae from endocarditis go away on its own without treatment or does it persist?

Does petechiae from endocarditis go away on its own without treatment or does it persist?

Endocarditis: If the infective endocarditis is being effectively treated the petechiae will eventually resolve spontaneously. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for bacterial endocarditis?

Antibiotics: Broad spectrum antibiotics to start. In severe cases of endocarditis, open heart surgery to replace the infected valve is a life saving necessity, provided that the damage to both the valve and the heart is not beyond repair. ...Read more

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What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for endocarditis?

What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for endocarditis?

No pills: Endocarditis is a severe infection in the heart that needs urgent treatment with medications by vein in a hospital setting where you can be monitored very closely. Now, if you have some types of heart defects and want to "prevent" endocarditis, then under some circumstances you will need to take antibiotics by mouth (or vein) an hour before some types of medical procedures. ...Read more

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If I do have endocarditis again, how long will I live without treatment? I can't go through all that again

If I do have endocarditis again, how long will I live without treatment?  I can't go through all that again

Fatal disease: Untreated infective endocarditis is almost universally fatal. How long you are likely to survive depends upon the valve infected, the organism causing the infection, your immune status and other factors. You may say you cannot go through that again, but the alternatives are not good. ...Read more

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Has subacute infective endocarditis ever been known to resolve w/o treatment? Had symptoms yrs ago incl. what looked like janeway+osler lesions, ~3 mo

The problem with: this infection is that it WILL NOT resolve without treatment! It will untreated go on to slowly dissolve the heart valve and "plant" itself in other organs! Hope this helps! Get treatment and FOLLOW it ! It's a FRUSTRATING infection but it IS treatble! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Do I need antibiotic prophylaxis for endocarditis with acupuncture treatments?

Do I need antibiotic prophylaxis for endocarditis with acupuncture treatments?

No, but: You do need protection from HIV infection and hepatitis if the acupuncturist reuses their needles. Be sure you go to someone who is reputable. ...Read more

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For the recurrence of endocarditis, any possible treatment other than heart surgery or taking anti-biotics for life time? Success examples?

For the recurrence of endocarditis, any possible treatment other than heart surgery or taking anti-biotics for life time? Success examples?

Endocarditis: Bacterial endocarditis can destroy heart valves and may even spread to the heart muscle with abscess formation thus it can be lethal. The treatment is prolonged antibiotics to eradicate the bacteria and possible valve replacement if the valve is sufficiently destroyed to pose a risk to life. ...Read more

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For the recurrence of endocarditis, any possible treatment other than heart surgery or taking anti-biotics for life time? Success examples?

For the recurrence of endocarditis, any possible treatment other than heart surgery or taking anti-biotics for life time?  Success examples?

Endocarditis: If endocarditis recurs, especially after valve replacement surgery, it is very difficult to eradicate. This is because the antibiotics are unlikely to ever fully contact the artificial valve. The reason why antibiotics are prescribed for life, is that as soon as they are stopped, the infection of the valve is likely to blossom again. Surgery is the treatment of choice for infected artificial valve. ...Read more

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My daughter was diagnoised with bacterial endocarditis that damaged her heart valves. They told us the damage is to sever to be what can we do if a doctor said heart valve damage is too sever and we need to make my daughter a dnr. Is there other treatment

My daughter was diagnoised with bacterial endocarditis that damaged her heart valves. They told us the damage is to sever to be what can we do if a doctor said heart valve damage is too sever and we need to make my daughter a dnr. Is there other treatment

Bacterial : Bacterial endocarditis can be a devastating disease indeed and i cannot imagine the pain and suffering you are going through. While far more information is needed to render a definitive opinion, i will offer some thoughts that i hope you will find useful in deciding how best to proceed. Although damage to the heart valves is certainly one of the potential serious complications of bacterial endocarditis, it is important to clarify whether that is in fact the main reason that have led her doctors to recommended that you consider changing your daughter's code status to dnr (an abbreviation for do not resuscitate). In my experience, unless her endocarditis occurred sometime time ago, the damage was very severe, involved multiple valves and went unrecognized and thus untreated for some time, it is possible, if not likely that there are other reasons for the ‘dnr’ recommendation (examples such as infected emboli to her brain or other important organs, etc.). If the reason for the ‘dnr’ recommendation is in fact the severity of her heart valve disease, find out all you can and seek another opinion. Based on what i can discern from your question, I am afraid there is likely to be more here than what is obvious from the available information. ...Read more

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Life therapy of antibiotics for enterococcal endocarditis 76 male mitral valve and pacemaker?

Endocarditis: The combination of ampicillen and gentamycin can be an effective treatment for enterococcal endocarditis. ...Read more