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How Could I Tell If I Have A Bone Infection
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
U mean Osteomyelitis: One will have fever, chills maybe, pain in the affected bone, with redness, local warmth, severe tenderness, difficulty to move the adjacent joints. Throbbing pain & overlying skin might breakdown with obvious pus draining. One needs early Diagnosis an immediate treatment with I/V antibiotics, surgery to decompress the affected bone or maybe even removal of some dead bone. See an Orthopod soon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends.: Bone infections can be caused by different bacterial, viral and other microorganisms. So depending on the causative organism will determine the right choice of treatment. Assuming that this bone infection is bacterial, the specific bacteria will need to be identified by culture. Augmentin can be an initial emperical treatment pending proper isolation of the causative agent. ...Read more
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
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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