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Foot Infection Treatment in Houston TX.

Foot infections occur when bacteria and germs multiply to cause tissue damage in the foot. It is usually through an opening in the foot like a wound that germs and bacteria enter the foot. Though not all wounds end up as infections, the longer wounds are not treated, the higher is the chance for an infection.

Diabetics are more prone to infections; and untreated infections can lead to serious injury to the affected part. Usually antibiotics and proper wound care is sufficient treatment; only in advanced cases is surgery advised.

Signs and symptoms

Gravitational dermatitis affects mainly the lower legs of the elderly because of swelling of their legs and poor leg vein functioning. Nummular dermatitis is a skin condition that is triggered by a skin injury. It appears as scattered, coin-shaped and irritable patches that last for a few months.

How to check feet for an infection?

Diabetics should check their feet everyday for infections and if one is redder, swollen or warmer than the other. Increased temperature is a sign of an infection, and if an infection is suspected, immediately consult your doctor.

Fever, chills, vomiting, nausea, blood sugar changes, loss of appetite and a tired feeling are signs of spreading infections. In case any of these symptoms exist, emergency treatment of the infection should be immediately done.

Prevention

Diabetics can decrease infection risks by controlling blood sugar levels, daily foot inspection and good diabetic foot care. If there is an open wound or sore, daily foot inspections are very important. If you find anything amiss, don’t hesitate to take prompt action and contact your doctor for relevant treatment.

Treatment

Preventing an infection is the best way to treat it. However if an infection starts, antibiotics help either kill or slow down the growth of germs. As there are various germs that can cause an infection, there are also various antibiotics to treat them. Sometimes a combination antibiotic will be required, if there is more than one germ in the infection.

The doctor will decide whether to give the antibiotics as pills or intravenous, or in the form of creams or ointments for direct application to the wound. The decision is made based on various factors like the severity and location of the foot infection and the type of germ involved. Antibiotics and proper wound care by making fresh dressings everyday is more than sufficient to control an infection, if it is started early.

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