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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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How to prevent groin infection?

I have been battling a groin infection for the past nine days. The culture just came back as proteus mirabilis and I have taken a prescription of Cephalexin which did not help much. I am currently on my fourth day of Clyndamycin. The abscess is still draining a very smelly fluid and it is going on the eighth day of drainage. Is this normal? Also how do you come in contact with this proteus mirabilis bacteria? Is there anything I can do to prevent this from happening again?
Wed, 13 Aug 2014
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Welcome to HCM.

Proteus mirabilis is one of the bacteria which is normally present in the intestine and is excreted in the stool. It commonly causes urinary tract infection in persons with bad personal hygiene. It can cause wound infections and rarely abscesses.
In your case I would suggest you get the abscess drained regularly and it will take about 7-10 days to completely heal. I would also suggest you complete the full course of antibiotics for 7- 10 days.
Maintenance of personal hygiene is a must to prevent recurrence.
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