In ostemyelitis a person's bone gets infected due to an attack by staph bacteria or fungi. The attacking bacteria reach the victim's bone by passing through the blood flow and eventually attaching itself onto the bone and infecting it. People who have had minor or serious fractures of their body parts or people who have immuno suppressing diseases such as HIV and Diabetes are quite to acquire an osteomyelitis infection of the bone.
Some of the likely symptoms that one may experience due an osteomyelitis infection of the bone are severe pain in the bone which is infected, feeling of being tired and weak, and some soreness around the region. These symptoms might indicate that the person has an osteomyelitis infection.
In the diagnosis of an osteomyeliti staph infection a blood test may be carried out to find out the organism which is causing the infection and an thorough mri scan may be done as well to determine the level of damage done to the infected bone.
Most osteomyelitis infections can be treated without any adverse results but in some cases if the individuals condition is very serious or untreatable doctors may have to amputate the infected limb.
An osteomyelitis infection is usually treated by surgery but in some people who may be too sick or too weak, surgery may not be their best option. In such circumstances antibiotics may be used as a means of treatment instead. It is important to know that antibiotics may not be as effective as surgery and the affected individual may even be required to take the medication for life. Also use of antibiotics as treatment may not result in a cure from the infection.
In Surgery any pus or fluid is taken out from the individual's bone along with infected parts of the bone and the cavity is filled with tissues or other healthy bone instead. Surgery is known to be much more effective than antibiotics.