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Content updated on Jun 1, 2022

What is osteomyelitis?

Infection of the bone by bacteria or fungi. In some cases, osteomyelitis is caused by bacteria invading from wounds in the surrounding area. In other cases, bacteria/fungi multiply in distant areas, enter the bloodstream and invade the bone.

Symptoms related to osteomyelitis

  • Affected area is warm to touch

  • Pain in the arms and/or legs

Questions your doctor may ask to check for osteomyelitis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose osteomyelitis

  • Is the affected area of your body hot to touch?

  • Do you have pain in your arms and/or legs?

Treatment for osteomyelitis

Bone infections are difficult to treat, and may require long term antibiotic treatment. Surgery may be needed to remove the infected bone as well. Managing other conditions like smoking and diabetes may improve blood flow to the bone and help it to heal faster.

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