Posted by: anita | 2009-09-03

blood poisoning

my father had a tool grinder cut his foot open. He went to the doc and had stitches and was given 5 day course of antibiotics. a week later the stiches are out but he has pain going up his leg. He went back to the doc and was told it is infected - blood posioning and was given another strong antibiotic to take for 5 days. Is this the correct procedure? Should he not go to hospital for treatment?

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This really isn't a psychiatric question, is it ? Netdoc could help. But from the sound of it he should have been seen at a hospital from the start, and should go to a hospital casualty and see a general specialist surgeon as sooon as possible. With a serious infection, 5 days is NEVER enough on any antibiotic, and he may need surgery to cl;ean the wound properly, first.

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