Superinfection – Nursing assessments and considerations

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Superinfection is an adverse effect of several anti-infective medications, such as cephalosporin, vancomycin, and macrolide.

It could be associated with fever; glossitis that is characterized by red swollen/inflamed tongue; black hairy tongue; diarrhea; mucous membrane lesions, and vaginal itching and discharge.

In case of superinfections, nurses may consider:

Antifungal medications that are usually administered with food to reduce gastrointestinal upset;

Good skin care, which is a nursing consideration in many cases, such as liver impairment and delayed allergic reaction;

Frequent mouth care, and

Small, frequent feedings, which is also a nursing consideration in several cases, such as liver impairment.

Zusammenfassung in deutscher Sprache (Summary in German language)

Superinfektionen können mit Fieber, Glossitis, schwarzhaariger Zunge, Durchfall, Schleimhautläsionen sowie vaginalem Juckreiz und Ausfluss verbunden sein.

Krankenschwestern können Antimykotika, gute Hautpflege, häufige Mundpflege und häufige, kleine Fütterungen in Betracht ziehen.

Source of Information:

NCLEX-PN Content Review Guide: Preparation for the NCLEX-PN Examination (Kaplan Test Prep) – *

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Usman Zafar Paracha

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