Osteomyelitis is an infection of the bone, often developing after
an open fracture in which the bone pokes through the skin. It may also develop
after an illness or injury that damaged the skin near or over a bone.
Symptoms may include:
A general feeling of illness
Fever, chills, and sweating.
Pain that is worse when pressing on the infected area or when
Swollen and red skin (sometimes) over the affected
Drainage of pus from the wound.
Antibiotic treatment is necessary to prevent destruction of bone
tissue. If the osteomyelitis is severe, surgery may be required.
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & David Messenger, MD