Sunday, August 1, 2010

Treatment Options

The urgent care has its fair share of injuries and acute illnesses of which infections are common. It came as no surprise that my precepting physician asked me the best antibiotic treatment for specific infections. Although slow on the start-up, by the end of the month I was right more often than not.

Treatment Modalities

Bacteria have been known to take over our illness for centuries. The fight to halt their progression is still in its relative infancy as companies develop the latest antibiotics to cover certain strains of bacteria. Recently, the war against these microscopic armies has faced some retaliation via mutated strains that have developed resistance. One well known suspect is the staphylococcal organism responsible for Staph infections. Growing resistance has required a new approach to treating these infections. Despite having an arsenal of antibiotics for treating infections already in progress one company, Oasis Advanced Wellness, has a line of products that are intended to augment the immune system and avoid illness in the first place.

I was recently introduced to Oregasil, an oregano oil, that claims to have natural antibacterial properties. Its chemical component carvacrol not only inhibits the growth of certain bacteria, but it is said to taste like pizza! When was the last time you took medication that actually had a good taste? In laboratory studies, this compound was reported to be comparable to the standard antibiotics streptomycin, penicillin and vacnomycin. It is very unlikely that your doctor will prescribe a product like this, but is good to know that such formulations exist for those who prefer the natural approach medicines.

Another interesting product they offer is their Bio D-Mulsion supplement. There is a growing percentage of people who are deficient in Vitamin D. Usually we consume it through our diet, but the largest amount is actually obtained through our skin when we are exposed to the sun. For those who do not get adequate amounts of ultraviolet radiation they are at risk for health complications from Vitamin D deficiency. Thus there truly is a place for supplementing this crucial vitamin when not obtained naturally. Among its benefits, Vitamin D is known for strengthening bones, improving cardiovascular integrity, and boosting immunity. When considering your overall health, start with the basic vitamins and minerals and you'll be on the right track.

Pimped Question of the Week

A patient comes to the clinic with a 6cm, indurated, and raised lesion under the skin of the axilla that is warm, tender and erythematous. They state that they were bitten by a spider while they were sleeping, but did not see it upon waking. What is the most likely organism in the lesion and what is the initial recommended treatment?

4 comments:

  1. Solid work Dan! It is most likely a Staph infection caused by methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Initial therapy starts with incision and drainage followed by a course of antibiotics because it is larger than 5cm. A commonly used antibiotic for this purpose is Trimethoprim-Sulfamethoxazole (TMP-SMX) or Bactrim.

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  2. Sweet! I've seen me some MRSA in my days (probably colonized myself somewheres... :(

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