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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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My son got bit by a dog and is in the hospital with a bone infection. How long does it take to recover?

My son got bit by a dog and is in the hospital with a bone infection. How long does it take to recover?

Osteomyelitis: is usually treated with weeks of IV antibiotics. Once things have stablized, some practitioners will send patients home with an indwelling catheter and a home health nurse to complete the treatment. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my son got bit by a dog and is in the hospital with a bone infection. anyone ever had one and how long did it take to recover?

What do you suggest if my son got bit by a dog and is in the hospital with a bone infection. anyone ever had one and how long did it take to recover?

Osteomyelitis : Bone infections are usually treat with two or three weeks of IV antibiotics. Occasionally, treatment can be completed at home with a surgically inserted 'port', which a home health nurse will use to administer the medication. ...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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Very swollen middle right finger at the last joint but numb but to the top but painfull to the palm of my hand feels like in the bone. Infection prob?

Very swollen middle right finger at the last joint but numb but to the top but painfull to the palm of my hand feels like in the bone. Infection prob?

The? Is confusing-: -but it sounds like the tip of the finger is swollen & tight as well as numb. If there was a penetrating wound, like a thorn... It could B an infection in the pulp of the tip, but these initially R very painful. If it's more in the joint area, it could B a tendon sheath infec. Both conditions R serious, if it is painful 2 flex it, call Ur ortho guy 4 eval. ...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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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

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. Amanda Itzkoff
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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