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Dr. Peter Ihle
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Bone Infection (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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I have serious jaw bone infection from no dental care available in uk pain 24 7 where can I go had enough?

I have serious jaw bone infection from no dental care available in uk pain 24 7 where can I go had enough?

No dental care?: There are plenty of dentists in every corner of the UK. You'll have to call one to be treated. Please don't delay, things are only getting worse... ...Read more

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

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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I have a bone infection in my foot, and nasty yellow pus coming from top of foot. What can cause this?

I have a bone infection in my foot, and nasty yellow pus coming from top of foot. What can cause this?

Osteomyelitis: Bone infection or osteomyelitis can happen due to different causes, stepping on rusty nail can do it, or if you are diabetic any foot sores, abrasions or wounds can go deeper into tissues and get into the bones due to lower immune response, and vascular changes from high blood sugars. In any case if it's a bone infection, you can lose your foot unless it is treated properly, make sure you go to dr. ...Read more

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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

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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Could I be in a lot of pain if I had a bone infection after tooth extraction?

Could I be in a lot of pain if I had a bone infection after tooth extraction?

Post op pain: It could be a dry socket or you may just be dealing with some aggressive post operative pain associated with the difficult extraction. Difficult teeth tend to require the removal of bone and require more healing time than erupted teeth. If its been over a week and there's still pain or more pain, contact your dental surgeon. ...Read more

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I have a bone infection in my foot. Could I die from it?

I have a bone infection in my foot. Could I die from it?

Not likely but...: If you have an underlying medical problem such as diabetes or peripheral vascular disease, and if the infection spreads into the bloodstream and you are immunocompromised, death can (rarely) treat it.

Taking it seriously, getting the medical and/or surgical care needed reduces the likelihood of this way down. ...Read more

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My husband got a bone infection at the hospital. Could it have been prevented?

Hard to say: This is a good question but difficult to answer with any certainty. You see, bone infections can come in different ways. Sometimes a skin infection or ulcer gets deep enough that it gets into the bone. If that is the case, maybe it could have been treated and stopped before reaching the bone. Sometimes infection travels through the blood and settles into bone as well. ...Read more

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What can be done for bone infection on the bottom of my right foot if I am a diabetic?

What can be done for bone infection on the bottom of my right foot if I am a diabetic?

It all depends: On many variables including what medical issues you have. If there is good circulation, which bone, how much of it is infected, is there any soft tissue infection etc.
In general, there is long term antibiotics or surgical excision of bone. There are pros and cons of each therapy. ...Read more

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Could my ingrown toenail have any connection to a bone infection?

Could my ingrown toenail have any connection to a bone infection?

Yes: An ingrown toenail initially starts as an infection of the soft tissue, but if left untreated it can spread and penetrate into the bone and cause a bone infection which is also known as osteomyelitis. This is a nasty infection and can lead to amputation of the affected toe. If you have an ingrown toenail, see a podiatrist asap. ...Read more

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Infection in toe, whole toe throbbing, doc appt monday, do I need to be seen immediately or can this wait? Worried about bone infection...

? fever, red lines?: I suspect you may have an infected ingrown nail having had them myslef, they can be extremely painful. The big decision is can you wiat for three days. If there is no fever, there is no streaking up your foot/leg, and you are able to tolerate the pain until monday, then you can wait. Soak your foot in epsom salts, gently pull the overgrown skin away from nail. Take Ibuprofen for pain as needed. ...Read more

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Does a bone infection make the bones hurt & how is it diagnosed?

Does a bone infection make the bones hurt & how is it diagnosed?

Yes, it usually hurts: Please see a dr soon. Bone infections are very dangerous and often need surgery and long term IV antibiotics to treat. X-ray or ct may assist in diagnosis, with exam, CBC and sed rate. ...Read more

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Big toe broken then got bone infection?

Big toe broken then got bone infection?

Have it evaluated.: With an infection you will need antibiotics. If the infection is down to bone you may need to have the infected bone removed. You may need IV antibiotics. You may also benefit with hyperbaric oxygen treatment. Have your foot evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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I have a bone infection called mastoidis. Would amoxicillin work?

I have a bone infection called mastoidis. Would amoxicillin work?

Maybe: It is dependant on what is the bacteria and whether or not it is sensitive to amoxicillin. Bone infections are difficult to go away and may require longer term IV atbx if it is truely in the bone. Get a culture if it is possible if the first line antibiotic does not work. ...Read more

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Can you get bone infection from a leg ulcer?

Can you get bone infection from a leg ulcer?

Yes: Bone that is exposed in the base of an ulcer often becomes locally infected. Your doctor calls it "osteomyelitis. ". ...Read more

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Can a bone infection increase white blood cell count?

Can a bone infection increase white blood cell count?

Infection: Absolutely, white cell counts will elevate in bone infections otherwise known as osteomyelitis these are not to be fooled with and should be treated immediately and definitively. ...Read more

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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

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Does having a bone infection increase the white blood cell count?

Does having a bone infection increase the white blood cell count?

Osteomyelitis: Can raise the white blood count in acute infection, but chronic osteo usually doesn't. ...Read more

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Can you die of a small bone infection in the foot even after IV treatment?

Can you die of a small bone infection in the foot even after IV treatment?

It's possible: If the IV antibiotic was not capable of eradicating the entire infection and/or if you picked up a new infection while you were recuperating from the other, it is possible to develop a bone infection that could potentially cause sepsis which could lead to death. This is true for all patients but especially for those who are immunocompromised with diseases like diabetes, kidney disease or cancers. ...Read more

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Foot cut through deep, and bone broken. What's the chance of bone infection after it's stitched up?

Foot cut through deep, and bone broken. What's the chance of bone infection after it's stitched up?

Can happen: Any time the skin is broken, bacteria can get in. Infection is more common in diabetics and people with vascular disease, though it happens to healthy people also. Your doctor will probably give antibiotics and a tetanus shot depending on the nature of the cut and break as well as cleaning instructions. If you use tobacco, please stop if at all possible. ...Read more

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How likely is a bone infection after a fracture?

How likely is a bone infection after a fracture?

Depends: Open fractures (where skin is broken) can definitely get infected and may need immediate fix and antibiotics. Closed fractures can still get infected, but is less likely. Tetanus shot good idea if not within 5 years. Also depends on site of injury and mechanism. ...Read more

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What to do for an ingrown toenail for 2 year bone infection?

What to do for an ingrown toenail for 2 year bone infection?

See a Doctor: You can get a permanent nail removal and be checked for complications like a bone infection. ...Read more

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Bone infection from surgery for compound fracture. Why?

MSSA: Most likely a staph, perhaps mssa or MRSA depending on the community. ...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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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

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. Debra Rosenblatt
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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