Fish-Handler's Disease (cont.)
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Fish-Handler's Disease Treatment
Treatment for fish-handler's disease caused by Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae and other species is as follows:
Treatment for fish-handler's disease caused by Mycobacterium spp. often require antibiotics. Antibiotics such as rifampin (Rifadin), streptomycin, sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim (Bactrim), tetracyclines, and others have been successfully used to treat the condition; depending on the patient response and severity of infection, length of treatment may vary from about two weeks to 18 months. Corticosteroids are generally avoided as they may inhibit treatment and recovery. Severe infections may require IV antibiotics plus the surgical removal of some infected tissues such as tendons and joints.
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