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Endocarditis - Home Treatment

After your condition has stabilized, you can probably go home where you may continue to receive antibiotic treatment. You may have a central venous catheter, such as a PICC line, that gives you antibiotics into a vein. A home health nurse will help with these medicines. The nurse will teach you how to give yourself the antibiotics and how to care for your catheter.

Be sure to tell your doctor if symptoms, such as a fever or chills, return or if you have any new symptoms.

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Preventing endocarditis

If you have certain heart conditions, getting endocarditis is even more dangerous for you. These heart conditions include:

If you have any of these heart conditions, you may need to take antibiotics before you have certain dental or surgical procedures that could put bacteria or fungi into your blood. The antibiotics lower your risk of getting endocarditis. Before you have any medical, dental, or surgical procedures, tell all other health professionals who may treat you that you are at risk for endocarditis.

Your doctor can give you a card to carry in your wallet. It states that you may need preventive antibiotics before certain procedures.

If you are at increased risk for endocarditis, practice good oral hygiene. Floss your teeth daily, and visit a dentist twice each year. For more information, see the topic Basic Dental Care.


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Last Updated: February 27, 2013
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