Klebsiella oxytoca treatment

Updated April 17, 2017

Klebsiella oxytoca (KO) is a bacterium that causes urinary tract infections and septicaemia. Klebsiella oxytoca has a high possibility of antibiotic resistance, making related infections very serious and it's important to treat them rapidly. Septicaemia is the most severe klebsiella oxytoca-caused infection; fortunately, there are treatments for the infections.

Klebsiella Oxytoca Urinary Tract Infection

Klebsiella oxytoca often builds up in the urinary tract and multiplies, causing infection. Urinary tract infections are serious health risks demonstrating many symptoms: frequent urination, severe burning in the bladder and urinary tract during urination, fatigue, aches, and pain (without urination) in the bladder and urinary tract. Untreated infection might lead to kidney infection and severe fever. Klebsiella oxytoca-caused urinary tract infection is treated via antibacterial medications. The most common antibiotics used for treatment include trimethoprim, sulfamethocazole, amoxicillin, and ampicillin. A doctor will first confirm that you have no medical allergies to these medicines prior to writing a prescription. If klebsiella ocytoca spreads to the kidneys, treatment becomes complicated. Hospitalisation and IV-administered antibiotics are required. It takes several weeks of antibiotics to remedy a klebsiella oxytoca kidney infection. Because klebsiella oxytoca is more likely to develop antibiotic resistance, contact your doctor immediately if you experience any symptoms of a urinary tract infection.

Klebsiella Oxytoca Septicemia

Klebsiella oxytoca is responsible for septicaemia. Septicaemia is an extremely serious, life-threatening infection of the blood. Severity increases very quickly; treatment is needed rapidly. Spiking fevers, chills, rapid breathing and heart rate are early symptoms of septicaemia. Symptoms progress to medical shock and steady fever. Often, the body decreases its temperature sharply, causing hypothermia. As klebsiella oxytoca travels and multiplies in the blood stream, mental awareness decreases, blood pressure falls and red spots on the skin emerge on the skin. If you believe that you have septicaemia, contact 911 immediately. You will be treated in the intensive care unit, where antibiotics, plasma and possible blood transfusions will be administered through an IV.

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