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Antibiotics are effective in more than 90% of patients, when taken for up to 2 weeks, however some patients may not show a good response. In this case further investigations may be required such as gram stain, culture, and drug susceptibility analysis of the discharge. This will lead your doctor to chose a specific antibiotic. In some cases where there is no response consulting an infectious disease specialist will be beneficial. If oral antibiotics are not beneficial giving the antibiotics intravenously may be required for a good response. Also in addition to antibiotics, drainage of abscesses when present is required for resolution of the infection.
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