X-ray or other imaging tests for infection that has spread to the joint or bone
Antibiotics are used to treat this infection. They are chosen based on the results of the culture and skin biopsy.
You may need several months of treatment with more than one antibiotic. Surgery may also be needed to remove dead tissue. This helps the wound heal.
Swimming pool granulomas can usually be cured with antibiotics. But, you may have scarring.
Tendon, joint, or bone infections sometimes occur. The disease may be harder to treat in patients whose immune system is not working well.
When to Contact a Medical Professional
Call your health care provider if you develop reddish bumps on your skin that do not clear with home treatment.
Wash hands and arms thoroughly after cleaning aquariums. Or, wear rubber gloves when cleaning.
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Amit M. Shelat, DO, FACP, Attending Neurologist and Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology, SUNY Stony Brook, School of Medicine, Stony Brook, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.