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
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
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.