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Saturday, December 14, 2019

The Infected Foot: Carefully Mark the Border


     This patient presented with an ulceration on the second toe next to the big toe with cellulitis to the midfoot. I placed him on antibiotics and carefully marked the border between infection and no infection. I advised him to go to the ER immediately if the infection passed that line, or he started to have any signs of systemic infection: fever, chills, malaise, etc. I also sent him to our Infectious Disease specialist and a local podiatrist that specializes in infections. I advised him this had to be looked at in 5 days so to see me if other appointments had not happened yet. I hate infections!! Rich

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