This is a rare bacterial infection which can be found in the mouth, nose, throat, stomach, intestines and even the lungs, which makes it a case for the Pulmonology department. The symptoms of this condition include pain in the chest, lumps or growths on the neck and face, fever with chills, weight loss, and cough.
HOW IS ACTINOMYCOSIS DIAGNOSED?
A specialist from the Pulmonology department can diagnose the problem accurately with the help of tests conducted on the fluid or tissue sample collected from the affected area. This sample is usually studied under a microscope to find yellowish granules that point at the existence of the Actinomycosis bacteria.
HOW IS ACTINOMYCOSIS TREATED?
Treatments of the condition includes surgically draining the abscess and a full course of antibiotics which could extend up to a year.
DID YOU KNOW?
Actinomycosis affects humans who have poor oral hygiene, undergone dental treatments, or radiation therapy, or has periodontal diseases.