People without a functioning spleen may be prescribed a daily antibiotic. Antibiotics are another way to protect you from some bacterial infections. They are usually recommended for three years after a splenectomy or diagnosis of hyposplenism.
For people who are immunocompromised or who have had a previous serious infection, daily preventative antibiotics may be recommended for a longer duration or even lifelong. This decision is made by your treating medical team.
All people without a functioning spleen need an emergency supply of antibiotics in case medical review is not immediately available.
If you develop signs and symptoms of an infection such as fever, vomiting and/or diarrhoea, feeling cold, shivering, sweating, shaking and/or a severe headache or confusion, seek urgent medical attention. If you are unable to seek urgent medical attention take your emergency supply of antibiotics.
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