Actinomycosis is a chronic infection that results in sores or abscesses in the soft tissues of the body. Actinomycosis typically affects the:
Rarely does actinomycosis spread to other parts of the body. If your tissue is damaged by an infection or injury, it might spread from the initial contaminated location to other parts of the body.
What is referred to be “lumpy jaw” can result from an infection in your mouth tissue. One can feel a firm bump in the jaw.
Usually, the bump itself doesn’t hurt. On the other hand, it might lead to a painful skin abscess that initially manifests as a reddish bruise at the location. A “locked jaw” or jaw muscular spasms can also be brought on by actinomycosis. If this occurs, the mouth is unable to open normally.
Other actinomycosis symptoms include:
Fever or loss of weight
Lumps on the face or neck
Skin lesions that are draining
Excessive sinus discharge
Why Does Actinomycosis Occur?
Particularly in the US, actinomycosis is a rare infection. Actinomycosis was once believed to be a fungal infection due to the condition’s slow spread. However, it is brought on by bacteria from the Actinomycetaceae family. The following are a few of the Actinomyces bacteria in this family:
These bacteria naturally inhabit your bodily cavities, such as your nose and throat, but they often don’t cause infection unless they can get beyond the barrier that protects them.
Good dental hygiene habits are one of the best methods to fend off actinomycosis. Make sure to visit your dentist frequently so they can identify any potential issues. Actinomycosis is largely curable and highly likely to be fully treatable with the right care.
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