Patient Comments: Staph Infection - Experience

What did your staph infection look like?

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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Comment from: kenpoblack, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: January 29

In November 2012, I had fluid drained from my knee and got a cortisone shot and staph hit 2 days later. I could not walk. I did the clean out surgery and 6 weeks antibiotics. The germs are gone but my foot and thigh, foot mostly, still have a lot of pain. I take Aleve but it is not much help.

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Comment from: eyewrite, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 08

I fell in a parking lot near a drainage screen. Just scraped my knee. The next morning there were a bunch of white circles, with red around the edges. I went to the doctor who said it was staph infection. He hospitalized me and operated on the leg, removing area about an inch deep and four inches long. I didn't want skin graft but had I known it was going to take a solid year of bandage changing to heal up, I would have had the skin graft!

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Comment from: Sarah, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 02

Five years ago I had ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) reconstruction and the incision got infected. I took antibiotics and was fine for a year. Just over a year later I bumped my leg and a boil of sorts had formed. I went to the emergency room and got the boil lanced and tested and it turned out to be staph. Since then I have seen at least a dozen doctors, have had two surgeries to have the infection scraped out and cleared out. I've been on at least ten rounds of antibiotics, no luck. It has now been four years since the infection has shown up and hasn't been treatable. I'm now experiencing acute sensitive pain in my lower leg when the skin is lightly touched.

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Comment from: Sue C, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I had a total knee replacement in 2011 and a few months later I became ill with fever and nausea, pain, and swelling of my knee. I went into the emergency and got blood work. Nothing turned up so the orthopedic surgeon did an aspiration of my knee fluid and it tested positive for staph epidermis 3 days later. A month later I went through and open debridement and manipulation of the knee and was on a peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) line for 8 weeks. My knee seemed better until the PICC line was removed. I underwent a knee revision. When the knee replacement was removed at that time I was given antibiotics along with my spacer in my knee and another PICC line for 8 weeks. My knee was replaced following the PICC line removal and this occurred over 2 years and I suffered extreme pain throughout this time. I will never be the same again. My knee cannot function normally and will not bend past 94 degrees. So far it seems like the infection is cured. I hope it is the last of it!

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Comment from: Christina02, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 30

For 13 months now I have been suffering with what I thought was hives, bed bugs, scabies, spider bites, etc. I have been to my gp, allergist, derma! I finally got a second opinion at a different dermatologist, for over a year I have suffered from exhaustion, depression, and most of all itchy red bumps that look like bites. Some were filled like a zit, only it was clear yellow liquid. They hurt but itched, burned and were red as blood. I was losing my mind! I have just returned from the doctor who finally diagnosed me with "staph"! I am a healthy 36 year old who exercises regularly, eats great and is rarely sick. How I got this is beyond me and the dr. "BUT" I have always suffered from impetigo all my life and could be the reason why it was so easy for me to contract this wonderful superbug. I'm hoping the prescription they gave me works! Will update soon!

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