Patient Comments: Staph Infection - Experience

What did your staph infection look like?

Comment from: Charmer73, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 24

Well, my son had a staph infection like weeks ago. We were told it was very contagious, but didn't realize we had to worry much. I got a sore in my nose, very painful, it even had the side of the nostril the sore was in, swollen. So I went to my ENT because it was a nose problem, and when I told him about my son's condition, he said it did look like Staph. He cultured it, and unfortunately it turned out to be "MRSA" so was my son's. I am on Bactrim, and Bracoban ointment that has to be placed in the nose. I worry because I am in remission from cancer and I know how serious this can be. I want to know what triggers it into an infection that needs attention.

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Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 20

Mine staph infection occurred as a small pimple in my ear. The spot just kept getting more and more swollen, like about the size of a small pea. It was very painful to the touch and red. I had scratched at it and sort of opened the sore. I went to doctor and was put on antibiotics and a topical ointment. After three weeks, it finally seemed cured; however, now six weeks later, the same area is sore and inflamed again. So, I guess I go back to the doctor.

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Comment from: grandma times four, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 09

I had sores all over my legs and arms, so I went to the doctor and took 80 antibiotic pills. They did not help. I ended up in the ER and was sent home. The next day I had a 103 F (39.4 C) fever and I was very sick. I was rushed to another hospital for open heart surgery. For a week they did not know if I would live. I had my second open surgery in four years. The staph ate away my mitral valve. I spent six weeks in the hospital.

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Comment from: arboedeker, 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 26

My five year old daughter currently has a staph infection in her skin. It started with skin peeling between her fingers, and a few days after that, blisters in the same area. Circular spots popped up on her thigh and one on her cheek. Initially her pediatrician thought it was an allergic reaction, and prescribed her cortisone cream and Benadryl. Her rash continued to get worse, and after the weekend we went back to the doctor and received the staph infection diagnosis. A week later, her condition is ten times better, but she still has it. An antibiotic cream and oral antibiotic are doing the trick, but it is slow going. The staph spread very quickly, and is slow to heal.

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Comment from: dannyboy201, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 28

I am 43 years old I contacted MRSA in my spine. I am now permanently disabled from my nipples down which is a T4 injury. I am now confined to a wheel chair. They say I may have contracted staphylococcus by intravenous usage. But how it wound up in my spine, nobody can give me a direct answer. So anyone using IV should be very very careful.

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Comment from: Carol, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 11

These stories of staph infections seem so tame. I got what I thought was a spider bite. A small bump surrounded by a sand dollar sized ring which was hard. It was under my arm by my breast. I went to the doctor and because I had MRSA a few months before she gave me Bactrim. Two days later I came back because the area had quadrupled in size and was emitting large quantities of puss. Cups full. So the doctor cultured it and the preliminary find was staph, but there hasn't been enough time to get the culture back on what to treat it with. I go in daily to have the area, which now has many openings, drained and packed. I have had a temperature of a minimum of 100 constantly and the area is fluctuating between better and worse. I am using Hibiclens on my body and the bactrim type ointment in my nose. Today I will get a second opinion.

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Comment from: apple-pie, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: March 16

My staph infection has been a real saga. I first got some little sores on my lip in April 2011. They looked a little like cold sores, but didn't respond to the cold sore cream I tried on them. After my gp tried various creams and couldn't diagnose it, I was sent to a dermatologist, who prescribed more creams and then referred me to be patch tested, as they both thought it was an allergic reaction to something. At the same time I was experiencing really nasty headaches, so I was also referred to a neurologist, who sent me for an MRI of my brain and spine. Nothing appeared on the results. About 6 weeks ago a set of sores came up on my hands, and my gp gave me yet more creams, thinking they were an allergic reaction, as well as some general antibiotics, as she thought they were an infected rash. The sores went away with the antibiotics, but came back a few days after I stopped taking them. A few days later I caught a cold, and the sores on my hands got bigger and crusty and weepy. They also started to spread. I now have 14 lesions on my hands, 3 on my nose, 2 in my nose, 1 on my forehead, 1 on my chest and 1 on my tummy. When the gp saw them, with their characteristic yellow crusts she immediately prescribed Flucloxacillin, which I have been on for 2 days. The sores have started to go away, but they're still painful. It's now March 2012, and after 14 different creams and 3 different tablets and I'm really excited at the prospect of being well!

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