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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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How to tell if you have a bone infection?

How to tell if you have a bone infection?

Usually pain : Osteomyelitis (bone infection) can present many ways. Pain is often present, sometimes accompanied with swelling, fever, drainage, and redness. Imaging studies and labs can also help with the diagnosis. ...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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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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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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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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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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What is it like to have a bone infection called ostmitis?

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 more

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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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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. Jeffrey Satinover
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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