Patient Comments: Staph Infection - Experience

What did your staph infection look like?

Comment from: pinkyellowblue, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 17

I had a staph infection when I was 16 years old. It developed as an abscess on my foot that looked like a giant blister. My entire foot and leg were very red. The pain was excruciating and I couldn"t put any weight on it. I believe that I contracted the infection from walking at an indoor pool barefoot at a YMCA. My mom took me to the hospital and they drained it and put me on IV and antibiotics. I just thought that I had a very bad blister, so please be careful. Luckily my mother realized something was wrong.

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Comment from: Guy-in-central-PA, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: January 29

I am just around 35 years old. I had some tinea pedis kind of thing appear in my left foot in summer 2013. After treatment with Lamisil it went away but in November it came back and after I scratched it and ended up breaking the skin sometime, I ended up getting a skin infection that shows symptoms more like staph aureus (redness, pus, itching, pain, lot of blistering, skin sloughing off). I had one course of Cephalexin (10 days), then had Doxycycline for 8 days. It seemed to have to improved it but the infection came back after 4 weeks again after a break of 2-3 weeks. Now I am on a second course of cephalexin. It has improved but not fully gone. One thing I have aggressively changed in my diet is to reduce sugars and carbs as bacteria feed off of these. Eat more fresh, green and leafy vegetables. Fruits are also sugar so keep it balanced. Good hygiene helps. I also occasionally apply turmeric powder (as a paste with water) topically (it stings) and then wash it off in lukewarm saltwater. It gives relief to me. I also drink 2 tsps. turmeric powder and some crushed pepper in 200 ml water or coconut water - usually first thing in the morning. I am hoping to successfully eradicate or achieve a balance in my body where I control the bacteria and not let it control me. All tips given here are just a recollection of what I do and not advice to anyone.

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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: 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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