Patient Comments: Staph Infection - Experience

What did your staph infection look like?

Comment from: dtunnell, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 28

I had several regular staph infections over a 5 year period after having sinus surgery. One of those included hospitalization. In late 2004, I had a fall and within a few days I could hardly stand up. I went to the hospital and they could not find anything on an x-ray. A week later, I was still not better and my stomach was extremely distended and I returned to the emergency room. They did a culture and found MRSA. After more testing, they found a 4 x 6 mass located in my chest cavity that was eating away at my backbone that was still hard like a boil. They put me on extensive IV therapy for 12 weeks. I believe that I have ongoing health issues due to this incident.

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Comment from: whocares, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 13

I have oral herpes but luckily I only get maybe 1 sore a year and that's it. But not as bad as everyone describes here. I've never taken anything for it either. Apparently most people have this.

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Comment from: J Walker, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 13

My wife got a staph infection after a hip replacement in 2004, she has had her 3rd replacement. She has had gentamicin beads placed inside her leg for a while, and numerous different antibiotics, without success. She is presently on Bactrim, to no avail. She has a small boil like abscess on her upper leg, about half way down the femur, which has to be cleaned and clean dressings put on twice a day. I am told that she can have a girdle-stone done which would make her immobile and she could die if it is done, another orthopedic surgeon advises against it due to the risks. They say that the staph forms a gel like layer on the metal in the hip, hence the girdle-stone procedure suggestion.

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Comment from: KK, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 17

I have had a recurring nasal staph infection for almost 20 years. Each year it got progressively worse, spreading through my nose inside/out and across my face. It infuriates me as there is nothing I can do but endure the pain and agony. News flash: there is a vaccine for animals for staph, Staphage Lysate. FDA won't allow it for human use.

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Comment from: chris, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 15

I had a small boil on the right side of my neck 10 years ago. In three days this boil grew to a golf ball size and what was worse, the infection spread to the right side of my face twisting my eye and the right side of my face I looked deformed. I went to the doctor who gave me a shot of antibiotic and Keflex, an antibiotic. After 5 days of going to the doctor my face started to heal and the swelling went down till my face was not twisted. I had to go to an eye doctor because my eye was infected and he told me I might lose eye sight in one eye. I had to go to a surgeon to cut out a big nasty pus filled boil. I did stay on antibiotics for a few months.

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Comment from: Jack, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: May 14

I got a staph infection near my right shin from a cut across my shin. I cleaned it, wrapped it up and kept working. Seven days later it was very swollen and hurt a lot. I went to the hospital, they cleaned it out and found a cavity over 20 mm up and it"s been two weeks tomorrow. It is getting better but still very sore, burning up and down my shin. I feel very light headed and weak. My hands twitch when I"m tired. I'm very tired all the time. I got cellulitis and golden staph in the cavity, they have killed both they say.

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Comment from: jody, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 17

One day I was walking and all a sudden I felt a sting on my forehead. Well, it started to swell really badly. I thought a spider bit me. It was huge and very painful. I couldn"t stand the pain any longer so I started squeezing it. As I didn"t know what it was, I must have touched my cheek with my hands, so I had another one. I went to hospital they shot me with medicine and the nurses squeezed it. I was in too much pain, I still felt it. They wrote a prescription out for me for some antibiotics and some tramadol. After I started taking them I was feeling a little better but it still hurt so I kept it covered with Band-Aids. The Band-Aids kept it moist. The green infection was sticking on the Band-Aid so I got tweezers and pulled it out. It was long and slimy, it looked like a green worm. As soon as I pulled it out I had 2 big deep holes in my head. Wow, but what a relief.

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