Posted on Apr 23, 2008 | Comments 0
Can you imagine, even your bone present deep inside your skin gets infection, known as Osteomyelitis. Pus producing bone infection can be either chronic or acute.
Even though it remains in one location, it is quite capable to spread through out your bone marrow, a covering membrane of your bones.
An infection can reach your bone by traveling through blood stream or by spreading from nearby tissue. These infections can also start in your bone itself, when your bone is directly exposed to germs causing infection, through any traumatic accident.
Long bones such as leg and also upper arm bones are usually affected with this osteomyelitis. Some of the other bones, which can be infected with this bone infection can include bone of your spine, foot, pelvis and also collar bone.
Identifying osteomyelitus – A tough task!
If you have osteomyelitis, you can feel severe pain at the areas where the bone is infected. You can also experience fever, chills, nausea or you can also have a general feeling of not being well. Skin that covers the infected bone can become red and swollen.
Some times, this infection doesn’t show any signs and it also becomes very difficult for you to distinguish, especially when it occurs on your spine, pelvis or hip bone.
Osteomyelitis can be chronic as well as acute!
Osteomyelitis mainly affects children in an acute form and lasts for several months. It can also affect adults, but mostly as a chronic condition and lasts up to several months to years. You can determine whether osteomyelitis is chronic or acute depending on the treatment provided to you.
Mostly acute osteomyelitis can be easily treated using antibiotics alone. It doesn’t require any surgical procedure to cure, where as chronic osteomyelitis that usually occurs in adults require surgery in addition with antibiotics to cure well.
Cuts and scrapes on skin are the main sources for infection!
Whenever you have been told that you are at increased risk of developing the infection, discuss with your doctor and find possible ways to prevent the infection. If you reduce the risk of infection, then it becomes very easy for you to reduce the development of osteomyelitis.
Try to be more careful and take proper precautions in order to stay away from cuts and scrapes. These cuts and scrapes on your skin are the main sources for germs to enter and they can give an easy way to access your body. Whenever you get any cut on your skin, try to clean it well and immediately apply any bandage or antiseptic cream to avoid adverse effects.
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