Peptostreptococcus Infection Follow-up

Updated: Jul 06, 2017
  • Author: Itzhak Brook, MD, MSc; Chief Editor: Mark R Wallace, MD, FACP, FIDSA  more...
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Follow-up

Deterrence/Prevention

When peptostreptococci and other anaerobes predominate, aggressive treatment of acute infection can prevent chronic infection. When the risk of anaerobic infection is high, as with intra-abdominal and postsurgical infections, proper antimicrobial prophylaxis may reduce the risk.

Preventing oral florae aspiration by improving neurological status, suctioning oral secretions, improving oral hygiene, and maintaining lower stomach pH can reduce the risk of aspiration pneumonia and its complications.

Irrigating wounds, debriding necrotic tissue, draining pus, and improving the blood supply helps prevent skin and soft tissue infections.

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Patient Education

For excellent patient education resources, visit eMedicineHealth's Infections Center. Also, see eMedicineHealth's article Antibiotics.

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