Endocarditis, infective

  • Infection of the inner lining of the heart including the heart valves
  • Symptoms may include fever, chills and red-blue painless spots on the palms and soles of the hands and feet
  • Caused when bacteria or fungus infects the heart which often occurs after rheumatic heart disease, heart valve replacement, surgery or in intravenous drug users
  • Cannot be spread from person to person
  • Affects males and females but more common in males
  • Can occur at any age but more common in the elderly
  • May be mild to severe
  • Life threatening without appropriate treatment

Brush and floss your teeth daily

 

FOR FEVER

  • Apply cool cloth to forehead or armpits
  • Drink plenty of fluids (especially water)
  • Avoid alcohol, tea and coffee as these drinks can cause slight dehydration
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Acetaminophen
    • Ibuprofen
    • Aspirin (Do not give to children or adolescents)

 

FOR COUGH

  • Increase fluids (especially water)
  • Suck on cough drops or hard sweets (candy)
  • Use a cool air humidifier in room
  • Avoid lung irritants such as smoke, household cleaners or allergens
  • Over-the-counter cough medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Guaifenesin
    • Dextromethorphan

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