Actinomycosis is a bacterial infection that results in abscesses (collections of pus) in the abdominal cavity, jaw (cervicofacial), lungs (thoracic), or all over the body (generalized actinomycosis). This condition can be treated, so contact your doctor if you think you may have actinomycosis.
Actinomycosis is most often caused by infection by the bacterium,
, which is present in the gums, teeth, and tonsils.
A risk factor is something that increases your chance for getting a disease or condition. The following factors increase your chance of developing actinomycosis. If you have any of these risk factors, tell your doctor:
Aspiration (liquids or solids are sucked into lungs)
If you experience any of these symptoms do not assume it is due to actinomycosis. These symptoms may be caused by other, less serious health conditions. If you experience any one of them, see your physician.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care
provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a