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Old 03-29-2010, 08:18 PM
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Any advice for staph infection?

About a week ago I got a bug bite on my ankle, it became red & swollen so I went to the Dr & they suspect its become a staph infection & put me on antibiotics. Its not getting better so I went back today & they added a 2nd antibiotic & prescribed an antibiotic cream. I have been keeping a hot compress on it when I am home. I was just wondering, for anyone who has dealt w/ this before, if you have any advice on anything that might help it addition to the medication? Thanks for any advice!
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Old 03-29-2010, 08:20 PM
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Keep the area clean and watch for a thin red line and fever. Hope you get better soon
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Old 03-29-2010, 08:34 PM
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Just make sure you take all of your meds until they are completely gone. If the infection gets worse or it seems like it's changing colors or growing go back to the doctor. Without scaring the shit out of you...it's very important you keep watching it. Do you know what type of bug bit you?
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Old 03-29-2010, 08:47 PM
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I'm not sure, I first noticed what I assumed was a mosquito bite last Monday & it was very itchy. Wed/Thur was when it became swollen & very sore. So then I thought it could have been a spider bite, until I went to the dr friday. It seems to swell & get more painful after I have had the hot compress on it.

And as for scarying me I made the unfortunate mistake of googling images today
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Old 03-29-2010, 08:50 PM
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I'm not sure, I first noticed what I assumed was a mosquito bite last Monday & it was very itchy. Wed/Thur was when it became swollen & very sore. So then I thought it could have been a spider bite, until I went to the dr friday. It seems to swell & get more painful after I have had the hot compress on it.

And as for scarying me I made the unfortunate mistake of googling images today
I would stop the compresses for a while and just keep the area dry and covered with a bandage.

Make sure you check for red lines because you don't want the infection to spread. Also make sure to diligently take those antibiotics and make sure if you touch the area with ANYTHING you make sure to clean it and not reuse it until it's clean. You don't want it to spead.
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Old 03-29-2010, 08:52 PM
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I really hope you get to feeling better soon!
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Old 03-29-2010, 08:55 PM
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^^ Yeah, I agree. I feel like the compress really isn't doing much. I know it says all over the internet to do that but there really isn't a rationale for it that I can think of any way. Once again I will say make sure you take ALL of your meds until they are gone. Keeping it dry will help too. Oh and googling the pictures WILL scare the shit out of you. Just make sure you keep a good handle on it and you will be fine.
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Old 03-29-2010, 08:57 PM
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^^ Yeah, I agree. I feel like the compress really isn't doing much. I know it says all over the internet to do that but there really isn't a rationale for it that I can think of any way. Once again I will say make sure you take ALL of your meds until they are gone. Keeping it dry will help too. Oh and googling the pictures WILL scare the shit out of you. Just make sure you keep a good handle on it and you will be fine.
I never understood hot compresses for infections. Don't bacteria love nice warm, wet places to reproduce? Seems very counterintuitive!

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Thanks for the advice everyone! I just didn't know if I should keep up the hot compress to try to bring it to a head & begin draining or if it was doing more harm the good.

I really appreciate the tips on what to look for also, I tried asking the dr, but she didn't give any specifics.

The redness/irritation has spread out some since it started, but just a little more this evening, than when I was at the dr today. I was on my feet a lot today at work though.
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Warm compresses are used to bring the abscess to a head so hopefully it drains on its own. Also makes it easier to drain when and if you need to have an incision and drainage done.

ETA: Don't try to pop and drain it on your own though.
And you could try washing it with Hibiclens soap. You can get it at the drug store.

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Warm compresses are used to bring the abscess to a head so hopefully it drains on its own. Also makes it easier to drain when and if you need to have an incision and drainage done.

ETA: Don't try to pop and drain it on your own though.
And you could try washing it with Hibiclens soap. You can get it at the drug store.
this is true.

do make sure to finish your meds and keep it insanely clean.
watch for changes as lynne said as well, and keep in close contact with your doctor. hope you feel better soon.
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In addition to the meds, an epsom salt soak would be helpful. This helps clean the wound naturally and bring it to a head to drain. Make sure to dry it very well after. This method works better than hot compresses.

How to Treat Staph Infections With Epsom Salt | eHow.com
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Keep a close eye on all infection symptoms!
- pay attention to size/area of infection like if it seems to be getting larger
-if the area stays swollen, warm to the touch and red in color
-you have a fever

I would definately go in to the dr. if the wound size grows or becomes worse. You may have to be admitted for a short time to receive stronger IV antibiotics.

I would also wash your hands before and after handling the infected area!

My dad had a staph infection on his arm from a scrape. He had to go into the ER twice (once before work/once after work) to have a bolus of a strong antibiotic.
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its getting so hard to treat the staph infections with the increasing rates of antibiotic resistant bacteria. hope something works well for you soon
oh, and heat should not help the bacteria grow. your body is already at the bacteria's ideal growing temp (nice and warm). when you get sick, your body actually raises its temp (fever) to try and kill the bacteria. or so i am taught.
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its getting so hard to treat the staph infections with the increasing rates of antibiotic resistant bacteria. hope something works well for you soon
oh, and heat should not help the bacteria grow. your body is already at the bacteria's ideal growing temp (nice and warm). when you get sick, your body actually raises its temp (fever) to try and kill the bacteria. or so i am taught.
it's true; your body core temperature rises to fight infection.
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In addition to the meds, an epsom salt soak would be helpful. This helps clean the wound naturally and bring it to a head to drain. Make sure to dry it very well after. This method works better than hot compresses.

How to Treat Staph Infections With Epsom Salt | eHow.com
I picked up some epsom salt today & am going to give this a try, thanks!
It seems to be coming to head but has not started to drain yet.

Thanks again to everyone for the advice & tips!
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