Actinomycosis is a bacterial disease that is infectious and contagious. Due to this, the soft tissues around mouth, throat, nose, lungs, intestines, stomach, etc. becomes sore and painful. It spreads from one area to another and also may penetrate inside the bone and break open into pus.
HOW IS ACTINOMYCOSIS DIAGNOSED?
This infection can be diagnosed by dental X- rays, sputum tests, pus tests, biopsy and tests of fever.
HOW IS ACTINOMYCOSIS TREATED?
Actinomycosis is usually treated by administering high doses of penicillin. Alternate antibiotics are tetracycline, clindamycin and erythromycin. During treatment, any skin eruptions or pus flow must be thoroughly cleaned.
DID YOU KNOW?
Actinomycosis rarely occurs in humans, but a common disease that affects cattle.