Preventing Re-Infection of Endocarditis
- Complete all antibiotics as prescribed
- If you have an intravenous line for antibiotics, keep it clean and covered and only use it for antibiotics
- If receiving medication treatment, continue medication treatment for your substance use disorder to help prevent return to substance use
- Avoid injection use; consume orally, rectally, snort, or smoke instead.
- If injecting, use a clean (ideally new) needle and sterile water to dissolve your drug(s). Clean your skin with alcohol or soap/water, and sterile water (or boiled water) before injecting
- Do not lick your injection site or needle
- Clean and dry all wounds and scrapes
- Avoid dental care and cleaning 6 months after your surgery. Always let your dentist know if you have had heart valve surgery before they provide dental care
- If you had surgery, monitor your surgical site and keep it clean and dry
- Seek medical attention for any abscesses or infections right away
- Follow up with your cardiologist, cardiac surgeon, and infectious disease clinician
- See your primary care doctor regularly
- If currently using tobacco products, work on smoking/tobacco cessation
- Brush your teeth daily, floss daily, and see a dentist. Teeth infections can cause heart valve infections.