Bacteroides Infection Follow-up

Updated: Sep 19, 2017
  • Author: Itzhak Brook, MD, MSc; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Follow-up

Deterrence/Prevention

In areas where AGNB and other anaerobes predominate, early and aggressive treatment of acute infection can prevent them from becoming chronic.

When the risk of anaerobic infections (eg, intra-abdominal and wound infection following surgery) is high, proper antimicrobial prophylaxis may reduce the risk.

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

Irrigation and debridement of wounds and necrotic tissue, drainage of pus, and improvement of the blood supply help prevent skin and soft tissue infections.

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Patient Education

For excellent patient education resources, visit eMedicineHealth's First Aid and Injuries Center and Ear, Nose, and Throat Center. Also, see eMedicineHealth's patient education articles Human Bites and Tonsillitis.

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