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Dr. Peter Ihle
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Bone Infection (Overview)

Osteomyelitis is an infection of the bone. Osteo is derived from the greek osteon. Inflammation or infection. A broad range of organisms can cause infection from bacteria, to viruses (less common), to fungi (mycotic). Acute and chronic infections exist. Long term IV treatment with antibiotics (or antifungals or other agents) are needed. In my experience no less than 8 weeks will lead to cure.


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How long does a jaw bone infection after root canal take to heal?

How long does a jaw bone infection after root canal take to heal?

Infection dependent: This depends on the size of the infection, the amount of time it has been present, the success of the root canal and the proper antibiotic used. Typically a week, give or take. ...Read more

Dr. Peter Ihle
275 Doctors shared insights

Bone Infection (Overview)

Osteomyelitis is an infection of the bone. Osteo is derived from the greek osteon. Inflammation or infection. A broad range of organisms can cause infection from bacteria, to viruses (less common), to fungi (mycotic). Acute and chronic infections exist. Long term IV treatment with antibiotics (or antifungals or other agents) are needed. In my experience no less than 8 weeks will lead to cure.


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What are some of the symptoms of a bone infection?

What are some of the symptoms of a bone infection?

Pain: Also, fever, chills, redness and swelling. Sometimes a tract will form in the skin called a sinus and will drain. ...Read more

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Managing Bone Spurs (Checklist)

Wear comfortable shoes
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Use heel cushions
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Ask your podiatrist if you'd benefit from prescription orthotics
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Ask your podiatrist about steroid injections
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What are the most common symptoms of bone infection?

What are the most common symptoms of bone infection?

Pain and swelling: Pain, swelling, drainage, fevers, inability to walk, stiffness, lack of joint motion. Blood tests should be done and usually reveal elevated white blood cell count, elevated sedimentation rate, elevated c-reactive protein. Blood cultures and drainage cultures usually reveal the bacteria involved. Osteomyelitis is the technical term, and often requires hospitalization. ...Read more

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What are signs that I have a bone infection?

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What are signs that I have a bone infection?

Pain: The most common sign of bone infection (otherwise known as osteomyelitis) is localized pain. If the infection spreads and enters the bloodstream, you can get the usual septic picture with fever, high heart rate, and possibly low blood pressure. ...Read more

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Recovering from a Broken Bone (Checklist)

Exercise and stretch to improve range of motion, strength, and endurance
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Avoid a repeat injury or irritating soft tissues before they are ready
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Follow up with your doctor as scheduled, and don't miss appointments
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How does the doctor know if the diagnosis is bone infection?

How does the doctor know if the diagnosis is bone infection?

Exam, x-rays, labs: Pain, swelling, drainage, fevers, inability to walk, stiffness, lack of joint motion. Blood tests should be done and usually reveal elevated white blood cell count, elevated sedimentation rate, elevated c-reactive protein. Blood cultures and drainage cultures usually reveal the bacteria involved. Osteomyelitis is the technical term, and often requires hospitalization. X-rays can also help. ...Read more

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Treating a Kidney Infection (Checklist)

Call your doctor if you have a fever or back pain
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Begin your antibiotic immediately and complete the entire course
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Drink plenty of fluids to stay well hydrated and to help flush the infection
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Get plenty of rest and sleep to help your body fight the infection
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How serious could a bone infection be?

How serious could a bone infection be?

Very serious: Osteomyeolitis is a very serious condition that requires 6 or more weeks of I.V. Antibiotics. This is not something to ignore or hope that it gets better on its own. ...Read more

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What kind of test do you go through if you have a bone infection?

What kind of test do you go through if you have a bone infection?

Osteomyelitis..: A bone infection, can be diagnosed by x-ray but it can take 1-2 weeks for changes to be seen. Both MRI and bone scans are positive earlier. Many times, at least in acute osteomyelitis, blood cultures will be positive. Staphylococci are among the most common bacteria in this infection. ...Read more

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Treating Eye Infections (Checklist)

Throw away any used contact lenses
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Do not occlude or cover your eyes
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If you have pink eye, wash face towels separately with hot water
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What are the tests for bone infection?

What are the tests for bone infection?

X-ray bone scan, MRI: There are few tests will do that one is x-ray but this appear in later stages, bone scan is better because it appear early. Mri another test also could be used. ...Read more

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Could an impacted infected wisdom tooth cause a bone infection of the skull?

It depends.: Simply being impacted may lead to pain but won't necessarily lead to infection, but if debris chronically accumulates around the gum near the tooth' it can then become infected. If this happens, or it becomes infected for other reasons, then infection can spread to the adjacent bone of the skull. It then becomes know as osteomyelitis. ...Read more

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Treating a Bladder Infection (Checklist)

Ask your doctor about taking an antibiotic
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Drink plenty of fluids to help dilute the urine and flush the bladder
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Avoid irritating fluids and food, such as caffeine, citrus, alcohol, and spicy foods
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Take an over-the-counter urinary analgesic for pain and to soothe the bladder
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Does periosteal reaction always mean bone infection? My son had a dirt bike accident. He had two wounds. One stitched with dirt still inside. Another puncture wound was noticed later. About a month later the infection was bad, 3 bacteria involved, was

No: It could mean inflammation near the bone affecting the lining around the bone called e periosteum. If I doubt amir can be done to look for other indications for a bone I fiction. Fr example home marrow swelling. ...Read more

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What's the most effective way to treat bone infection?

What's the most effective way to treat bone infection?

And debridement: In certain instances, the help of either a vascular or orthopaedic surgeon is needed, to remove (debride) overwhelmingly infected bone, since no amount of antibiotic will achieve a high enough level to kill bacteria. ...Read more

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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
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Ask your doctor about TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint), as it could cause ear pain
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Look for ear pain or ear drainage, as they are both signs of infection
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See a doctor if you think you have an ear infection
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What is the treatment for a bone infection?

What is the treatment for a bone infection?

Depends: This may require a lengthy course of antibiotics, possibly intravenously and may need to be combined with surgery. It will depend on which bone is involved, what the organism causing the infection is, what the status of your immune system is, and other factors. May need consultation with an infectious diseases doctor and an orthopedist. ...Read more

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Alternative treatments for possible chronic bone infection in a below knee amputation?

Alternative treatments for possible chronic bone infection in a below knee amputation?

Antibiotics/ Surgery: Bone infections are difficult to treat. Antibiotics are used to try to clear the infection. If this is not successful, surgery may be needed to remove the infected portion of bone. ...Read more

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Treating Clostridium Difficile Infection (Checklist)

Minimize use of broad spectrum antibiotics, as clostridium difficile infection is a common complication
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Stay out of hospitals as much as possible
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Use probiotics to outcompete the clostridium difficile bacteria
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Will amoxicillin cure a bone infection from a root canal?

Will amoxicillin cure a bone infection from a root canal?

No guarantees...: While root canal therapy most times does remove the source of the infection, there are times when antibiotics are used to remove any infection within the jaw bone. Amoxicillin may work. Penicillin may work. Clindamycin may work. Keflex may work. The decision on which antibiotic to use rests with your dentist and your medical history. We do the best we can but cannot guarantee amoxicillin. ...Read more

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How do you define bone infection?

Infections of Bone: The term is osteomyelitis and implies that the organism responsible has gotten into bony tissue beneath the periosteum, which is a thin tissue protective layer on the outside of bone. ...Read more

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What does bone infection look like?

Osteomyelitis: This usually produces pain over the area of bone involved, often fever and other signs and symptoms of inflammation. Diagnosis is best made by biopsy and culture, but the presence of osteomyelitis (bone infection) may be suspected clinically and supported by imaging studies, including ct, MRI and nuclear scans. ...Read more

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How long can a bone infection last?

6 weeks: Bone infections can last for up to six weeks. ...Read more

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How serious can a bone infection get?

Fairly serious: Bone infections (osteomyelitis) is generally curable in its acute form with antimicrobials alone. It requires about 6 weeks of therapy, however which may need to be iv. If, however, the infection is not recognized and treated in the acute stage, adequate surgical cleaning up of the bone is required with the antimicrobials to cure. If not an option, antimicrobial suppression may be used. ...Read more

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How serious could a bone infection be?

Very serious: Osteomyeolitis is a very serious condition that requires 6 or more weeks of I.V. Antibiotics. This is not something to ignore or hope that it gets better on its own. ...Read more

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What are the tests for bone infection?

X-ray bone scan, MRI: There are few tests will do that one is x-ray but this appear in later stages, bone scan is better because it appear early. Mri another test also could be used. ...Read more

Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more