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    [infection]

    Author: ryan (199.245.220.---)

    Date: 01-06-03 14:34

    This isn't related to HCM, but I know you guys know the answer. I have a slightly leaky mishaped mitral valve and my doctor requires that I take antibiotics before going to the dentist. Are all infections dangerous, or is it only infections in the mouth? example: I've got an infected cut on my foot. It will heal on its own, but do I need to take some antibiotics for it?

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    [Re: infection]

    Author: Sarah B--Board Moderator (---.client.attbi.com)

    Date: 01-06-03 14:54

    Dear Ryan,

    Have you seen a doctor about your foot? You need to prevent that infection from spreading to your blood.

    The dentist situation is because your mouth (all our mouths) are full of bacteria all the time and it goes straight into the blood stream when the gums are broken. That bacteria can land in the wrong place and cause the sack around the heart to become infected. Bad news.

    Did you ask the doctor who treated your foot about antibiotics? I know you were looking for a yes/no here, but you know that almost never happens here!

    ; )

    S

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    [Re: infection]

    Author: ryan (199.245.220.---)

    Date: 01-06-03 15:20

    Thanks for the quick reply. The foot is not that serious, it's not something you would go to the Dr. for. It is inflammed and draining however. (nice huh?) So, I guess I did not ask a Dr. about it. A bandaid and some Neosporin oughta do it. Anyway, I thought it would be a good question for you guys. When does an infection, or cut or whatever become a problem? I do not have HCM, but from what I understand, mishapen valve leaflets (as do the interior lining of an HCM heart) provide bacteria a great place to land and reproduce.

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    [Re: infection]

    Author: Linda, Bd of Directors (---.wmnsmd.adelphia.net)

    Date: 01-06-03 15:28

    Ryan, let the doctor decide. There's a good chance he will want you to do soaks or something similar. If there is a need for you to take antibiotics before dental wk, you should check with your doctor, as he knows your entire history. I know it's a bother, but better safe than sorry. Linda
    NOTE: This is a post from the previous forum message board.

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