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Sun May 19 00:30:33 UTC 2013

Can caregivers get info to help with non-compliant patient 's specific symptoms? A recurring infected toe(myxoid cyst?) has me very concerned.
Asked By: allez  
Category: Neuropathy

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He uses Mexican OTC antibiotics (amoxicilin) on it until it gets normal looking. Then it comes back and gets infected again within about 1- 2 weeks. If I don't make him go to the Dr. are we looking at an amputation type problem next?
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2013-05-27 13:34:56.0

Self-treatment can lead to serious consequences in any circumstance. You are not even guaranteed of the potency of antibiotics from sources outside the country. There are different types of bacteria and antibiotics are specific for gram negative or gram positive bacteria, and in some cases both. Amoxicillin is not considered broad spectrum, so your friend's infection may keep coming back because the antibiotic may not be strong enough for the infection he may have. This really needs to be handled by a health care provider as soon as possible to prevent further complications. I applaud your concern and hopefully you can convince your friend to be seen; preferably by a wound care specialist if possible.
Answered By: susan sloane
Accreditations: B.S.,Rph.,C.D.E.,Nutritionist
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