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Osteomyelitis Treatment

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 10, 2006
  • 04:01 PM

I am 67 years old. I had an infection on my big toe that became infected and now is Osteomyelitis. I am NOT a diabetic. I went to a Podiatry clinc last Thursday. On Friday I ahd a 3 phase bone scan which confirmed that I have osteomyelitis in the top half of the big toe. I have a medium amount of swelling and the open wound that led to this is being treated with an ointment called Allanfil. The wound appears to be signigificantly better with a slight reduction in swelling. There is NO pain. The doctor has referred me on to an infectous disease doctor for evaluation but he implies that the toe probably nmeeds to be amputated although there is a possibility of trying the 6 weeks of antibiotics. I went to my family doctor in the interim and he recommends the anti biotics having had some experience in this field in the past bur suggests that I go on to the Infectous disease doctor tomorrow and then we will confer after that. My doctors experience is that the treatment can be started and if at any point during the 6 weeks the toe appears to be getting worse we can evaluate continuing or other options at the is point. Does anyone have any experience with the success on this type of treatment or reoccurences?

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  • Hi my stepfather has osteomyolitis which he got after having a tooth pulled He's been on the IV antibiotics for 8 weeks and dosen't feel much change.He now started hyperbaric treatment but has only been once.Hope it helps.
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  • I caught osteomyelitis after a nasty insect bite in my left big toe.I have been taking Cipro, off and on, and it seems to be working, but does totally clear it up, and it appears to have spread to my other foot, in the big toe and 2nd and 3rd digits.The spread lesions are not as bad as the original, but still there, and I fear I may have to take Cipro for a long time.john b md
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