How do medications treat perichondritis?

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The bacterium that usually causes perichondritis is very tough, and the sooner antibiotics can be prescribed to treat it, the better. The bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which causes many cases of perichondritis, can fight off many types of antibiotics because of its strong outer barrier and because it grows in soil with the ingredients used in antibiotics, such as molds. Antibiotics alone may not be sufficient to get rid of this infection; surgery may be required.

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