posted on Jul, 17 2014 @ 04:13 AM
a reply to: ChaosComplex
Don't be too harsh on your Dad for not questioning the doctor. Much is around how a doctor conveys themselves to clients. Such as explaining
presenting conditions, available treatments and options, obtaining client consent for proposed treatments and working in partnership with the client.
I am sure your Dad will then have the ability to say to the doctor "do I really need this, or should we see which direction nature take its course?
and re-evaluate the situation?" With your Dads age group if the above mentioned has not occurred then he will remain silent and accept in statu
Unfortunately there is still unnecessary prescribing and overuse of antibiotics that has led to a surge in superbugs, bacteria that are increasingly
resistant to antibiotics. Unfortunately doctors focus on the potential risk of infection and not the judicious use of antibiotics is not valued. In
other words, doctors tend to look at the individual and not the population level crisis of antibiotic resistance. Some doctors may be concerned with
the fear of blame, responsibility and litigation. No harm to swab the wound and ask the client to return the next day for review.
The picture you presented in your OP shows healthy wound healing, I am aware that a wound can go south in less than 24 hours. Now that your Dad has
been prescribed an antibiotic, make sure he finishes the course.
I understand your concern about your Dad, especially with your work colleagues wife being admitted into hospital from complications resulting from a
brown recluse spider. Brown recluse spider bites are hemotoxic, meaning that the venom can cause destruction of red blood cells (hemolysis) causing
thrombocytopenia, DIC etc. Such is rare, however the potential risk remains for anyone bitten. Sphingomyelinase D (venom from the brown recluse) and
is known to be cytotoxic to endothelial cells and red blood cells. Damage to skin: see below...
Day 5: 2 inch lesion with swelling, fever. Hospitalized, treated surgical debridement, IV antibiotics and pain relief