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What do I need to know about caring for someone with peritonitis?

Peritonitis must be treated immediately by qualified medical professionals. If you suspect someone has peritonitis, the person should go to the emergency room or call emergency services for help. You should not attempt to treat suspected peritonitis on your own or wait for it to disappear. It is important that once peritonitis is treated the patient follows the doctor's directions. This will help ensure that the infection goes away and that the cause of the infection is addressed. As with all courses of antibiotic treatment, patients need a full course of antibiotics in order to prevent the infection from recurring or becoming resistant to the drug.

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