Patient Comments: Staph Infection - Experience

What did your staph infection look like?

Comment from: Mom Dukes, 65-74 Female Published: February 06

I was put on antibiotics. It site had raised pustules. I put witch hazel and alcohol on it to control the itching and pain. I finally got some relief from peroxide, but it still itch. I had two, one was on the left inner thigh and the other was on the right top thigh. My doctor prescribed a cream which I am still using. It's beginning to dry out but it still itches and stings. I also had a burn on my right arm that became infected, but it's doing better now.

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Comment from: Kristen, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 23

I currently have S. aureus caused by ankle surgery. I broke my tibula and fibula, dislocating my foot. I had a plate and 11 screws put in. This is when I contracted staph. The area was extremely swollen and red. It was generating huge amounts of heat, so much so that I needed to put ice packs on it to cool it down. I was having sweaty chills and my skin was super clammy. I was munching down morphine. I still have staph but it is now managed after a week in hospital having intravenous antibiotics and a wash out of the inside of my ankle.

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Comment from: ush, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 14

For years now, the color of my urine has been pale yellow sometimes dark yellow. Moreover I usually have constant headache and periodic fever. My bones are not strong again, and i feel week all the time, am have heart failure/HBP.boil, and painful menstruation also have swollen tonsils and lymph nodes. I went to the hospital where I was diagnosed with staphylococcus aurous. What I did not know is whether the staph is the cause of all these symptoms. And my husband is having boil on private path fever all the time.

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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: Shari, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 10

I wonder if a staph infection over a period of years could cause weight gain. I just discovered I have a staph infection and probably have for a long time. I just finished my treatment and now I am losing weight. Maybe there could there be a connection.

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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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