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A Healthy Habit You Do Every Day Got This Woman A Nasty Knee Infection

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When a 65-year-old woman started experiencing severe knee pain, swelling and chills, she immediately went to the hospital, where they diagnosed an infection. But she never could've imagined that one of her healthiest habits is one brought on the nasty infection. 

The woman, who had undergone knee replacement surgery five years ago, had just started a vigorous flossing regime in an attempt to up her dental health.

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Soon after starting the voluntary dental care, she began to experience mild pain in her right leg and knee. Doctors diagnosed her with a common condition called iliotibial band syndrome, prescribed acupuncture, and sent her on her way.

But six months later, the knee pain had gotten severe and she went to the hospital immediately. Doctors diagnosed her with an infection, but here's the kicker—the bacteria they found that caused the infection (called Streptococcus gordonii) is actually a strain of bacteria typically found in themouth. So how did it end up in herknee?

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The confused doctors attributed the migration of the bacteria to the woman's flossing regime. They hypothesize that the bacteria entered her bloodstream after the woman experienced bleeding gums from flossing too hard. The bacteria then traveled through her blood to her knee and infected the prosthetic joint that had been put in five years prior.

Doctors opened up her knee, washed out the bacteria, and prescribed her more antibiotics. Luckily, she's now doing just fine.






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