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Can bursitis cause an infection?

Can bursitis cause an infection?

Sometimes: Bursitis is inflammation in a fluid filled sac that typically sits between bone and muscle to reduce friction. We have bursae in our shoulders, elbows, knees and hips. If the bursa gets irritated it can become inflammed and fill with fluid. That is bursitis. Occasionally (but not often), a bursa can get infected. This is most common in the elbow and knee. ...Read more

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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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


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Deep purple/red elbow following septic bursitis. Has been 6 weeks since infection gone & color still there. Only slight swelling. How long to clear?

Deep purple/red elbow following septic bursitis. Has been 6 weeks since infection gone & color still there. Only slight swelling. How long to clear?

Could take some time: may take months. It is pigmentation secondary to the increased inflammation and hemosiderin stain in the skin. May never be completely normal, but should get close. Use vitamin E lotion to help with the discoloration ...Read more

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Infected elbow bursitis/cellulitus 4 weeks ago. 2 weeks of IV & antibio killed infection. Elbow still purple/red & slightly swollen. How long to heal?

Infected elbow bursitis/cellulitus 4 weeks ago. 2 weeks of IV & antibio killed infection. Elbow still purple/red & slightly swollen. How long to heal?

Recurrent infection: Although antibiotics may have "Killed" infection, often time resistant organisms may develope and worsening redness and swelling may be an indication. If no infection is present, then RICE therapy with ace compression, ice and elevation (decreased activity with sling may improve). OTC anti-inflammatory agents may reduce erythema (redness) and swelling. Worsening pain, swelling may be warning sign. ...Read more

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Steroid injection, hip for bursitis. 12 hours later could barely walk. 32 hrs later, swelling at site & pain. Infection? What to look for? Pa said ice

Steroid injection, hip for bursitis. 12 hours later could barely walk. 32 hrs later, swelling at site & pain. Infection? What to look for? Pa said ice

Infection?: This is often manifested by pain, fever, swelling, redness and there may be chills, generalized malaise. In this situation if you are not substantially improved within another few hours you should be seen by a physician and not a pa. If this is infected it could become very very serious quickly. ...Read more

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Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack given for bursitis and low back pain. i have very slight vaginal yeast infection, just barely, off n on. can i go ahead w the medrol (methylprednisolone)?

Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack given for bursitis and low back pain. i have very slight vaginal yeast infection, just barely, off n on. can i go ahead w the medrol (methylprednisolone)?

Issues: The Medrol (methylprednisolone), (methylprednisolone) being a steroid, may exacerbate the yeast infection, so, have your doctor treat this at the same time the Medrol (methylprednisolone) is employed. Should work out very well if this approach is taken. ...Read more

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I have an donated organ, will a streptococcal b infection cause serious complication?

I have an donated organ, will a streptococcal b infection cause serious complication?

Immune status?: If you are on immune suppressive therapy after your transplant, any significant infection can cause serious complications. I would encourage you to speak with your transplant team, even if it has been some time since the transplant, or an infectious disease doctor, both of which can give good advise about your current immune status and risks from specific infections. Remember to get your flu shot! ...Read more

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Can infection in the body cause b/p to go up?

Can  infection in the body cause b/p to go up?

Infection: Infection where, with what organism and why are you asking. Rephrase this question and explain in detail. Generally with severe infection your BP will fall rather than go up. ...Read more

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What is a cause for bursitis?

Irritation: A bursa is a normal part of the body over a prominence. We have them over the back of the elbow, front of the knee cap, on the top of the shoulder, and the outside of the hip (to name a few). They also the skin to move freely over the underlying bone and soft tissues. Normally thin, they become thick and painful with irritation. ...Read more

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What is the main cause of bursitis?

Irritation : There are bursa all over your body. They are potential sacks of fluid like deflated deflated balloons. They can fill up with fluid after an injury or in response to irritation. They are found over bony prominence like the knee or the elbow. They can be found deep like in the shoulder wear a tendon rubs over a bone. They can become chronically inflamed or even infected. ...Read more

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What are the most common causes of bursitis?

3 main causes: Bursitis is an inflammation of the burse and is commonly caused by: 1. overuse injury 2. direct trauma to area 3. response to injury to surrounding tissue (e.g., subacromial bursitis secondary to underlying partial thickness rotator cuff tear) ...Read more

Dr. Barbara Lavi
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Bursitis (Definition)

Bursitis is inflammation of the bursa, a fluid-filled sac that acts as a cushion between ...Read more