Signs and symptoms of osteomyelitis include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Irritability or lethargy in young children
  • Pain in the area of the infection
  • Swelling, warmth and redness over the area of the infection

Sometimes osteomyelitis causes no signs and symptoms or has signs and symptoms that are difficult to distinguish from other problems.

When to see a doctor

See your doctor if you experience worsening bone pain along with fever. If you're at risk of infection because of a medical condition or recent surgery or injury, see your doctor right away if you notice signs and symptoms of an infection.

Nov. 20, 2012

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