Latest experience of infection

Hi Guys and Gals,

Ive played cataclysm dda off and on a lot over the years. I’ve never played out having an infection before. I must have missed cleaning a bite recently because when I tried to sleep I received your body is aching spam. When I checked my status I saw I had an infected leg.

Didnt realise the body part name is coloured in relation to an infection status, I think I read blue is pre infection, green is infection has set in. My left leg was green.

Anyway discussion about cheating aside I gave myself some antibiotics, id invested a fair amount of time in this character and I wasnt prepared to let it die.

Now I’ve never really made use of antibiotics before. I figured since the infection had recently set in (still dont know how I allowed this to happen), I should be good with the anti-b’s.

So, I activated my leucacyte breeder thingy, necked some anti b’s and pain killers and attempted to get some shut eye. After several days of not really sleeping, being in a LOT of pain, my infected leg turned into “pus filled”. I examined the cheat menus for infection clearing. I started to think I was gonna lose that leg if not my life.

I figured id play it out, convinced id die/lose leg, I started cheating a lot, handing myself everything I needed to see another day out from my bed, generating tiredness to pass time (from attempting to sleep).

After approx 35 days, my pus filled leg turned into “recovering from infection”. Took another 10 days or so for the effects to mostly clear up.

Now that was pretty gruelling. I cannot imagine making it through those 45 days if I hadnt built up massively in stockpiled resources. I guess pretty much an infection setting in early game is close to a death sentence.

I read somwhere about making sure you dont overdose on anti b’s. A couple of times I necked another whilst still under the effects when I considered attempting to sleep again and knew it had been a long time since my last dose. I figured a sleight overlap would result in the fastest healing. It was difficult to know if there were any ill effects of the overdosing (?) through all the pain and pus filled limping around hoping for the best.

So, an infection that becomes pus filled is not in actuality a death sentence, infections take a long time to pass, even with antibiotics. Also prevention is WAY WAY better than cure.

Pro tip, dont get infected, especially early. Carry antiseptic.

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It’s possible that those antibiotics didn’t work, I know that they don’t always anymore. There have been a few posts about how the infections are now crazily ott and too difficult to survive but they discussed the 'recovering from infection ’ stage and the insane sleepiness which didn’t allow them enough time to boil up water before collapsing into an exhausted heap.

You took 35 days to even get to that point so unless you were taking antibiotics all that time, it might have been your own body which fought off the infection. I haven’t tested it myself - I always do carry antiseptic and I scan my body parts after fights for anything in blue. Prevention sure is better than cure.

antibiotics do not ‘cure’ infections. they just add time to the ‘your dead’ timer (24 hours normally without antibiotics) and give your immune system a boost to help fight off the infection. there are three different strengths of antibiotics now. each dose lasts 12 hours and you are not going to have any problems by overlapping the dosages some. Something you did while ‘cheating’ must have really thrown things out of whack as there is no way you can go 35 days normally while infected, regardless of what antibiotics your taking. Usually death will occur in about 7 days if taking antibiotics regularly, assuming your immune system never ‘cures’ it.

The recovering from infection stage is what most of the current reports/issues are about. there are incredibly high levels of ‘exhaustion’ being generated while you are ‘recovering’ which make you pass out constantly and takes WEEKS of nothing but sleeping/eating/drinking to get rid of. Currently the ‘recovery’ stage of infection is about 100x worse than ACTUALLY being infected.