I just had a baby five weeks ago and am now dealing with an awful skin staph infection. I have about 12 boils, some on tummy and some on one side of my breast. I've been on keflex for 3 days now. Today I noticed a new boil coming up on my arm. Does this mean the staph is resistant to the keflex? Do I need to be on something else? If an antibiotic is working, how long does it take to show improvement? Could the keflex be working even with a new boil popping up? Please help, i'm in a hurry to get rid of this crap. I'm afraid of passing it along to my new baby. Thank you.
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replied November 15th, 2005
As far as passing it on to your new baby, I do not know if that is really possible. But you really need to do something, because I know a kid who died of a staph infection. They can be very serious if not treated properly.

I found this for you, if this helps

this is about staph infections

antibiotics—some strains have become extremely resistant to antibiotics—especially in hospitals (1)
resistant to antiseptics, disinfectants(2)

antibiotic resistance:
70% of nosocomial strains are resistant to at least one antibiotic used to treat them (3)
greater than 95% of patients worldwide with staph infections do not respond to first line antibiotics (penicillin or ampicillin) (3)
mrsa—methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus is wide-spread, if a strain is a mrsa, it is likely to be resistant to many other antibiotics. (2)
more than 30% of s. Aureus infections are classified as mrsa (3)
nosocomial cases can often only be treated with vancomycin (2) because hospital strains are usually resistant to many antibiotics, some are resistant to all but vancomycin. (2)
some vancomycin-resistant strains have been reported in the us, japan, and france. (3)
cases contracted outside of a hospital can usually be treated with penicillinase-resistant ß-lactams (2)
however, mrsa strains, once localized to the hospital environment are making there way out into the community at large. (3)


i think you might need a different atibiotic! I hope this helped you!
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replied April 30th, 2011
STAPH AND SCABIES SORES DRY SKIN
THIS IS FOR EVERY ONE TEA TREE OIL FROM WAL MART MIX IT IN EVERY THING SOAP SHAMPOO LOTION AND APPLY STRAIGHT ON SORES ITS A NATURAL MEDICINE CABINET AND NEEM OIL
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replied July 8th, 2007
Staph
I am healing a staph infection on the front of my lower leg.It started out as a mosquito bite on Sunday and started growing.By wednesday it had a red halo so I went to the doc.She diagnosed it as cellulitis and put me on Keflex.She said clean it with a tissue and peroxide.She said do not touch or try to pop it since this will cause it to spread.It was so gross and was very hot.It has taken 2 weeks to finally form a scab.Ive never had one before.I bought Lysol spray and I spray my computer keyboard everyday.I think thats where I caught it since I was on the computer when I was scratching the mosquito bite and probably transferred the staph from the keyboard to my leg.Doc said its possible since other people use the keyboard also.
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replied November 16th, 2007
Help!
Ok heres a run down on my situation. I have endometriosis, and for about 2 years i have been getting random serious infections [abcesses, shingles...ect]
but i have never had staph before.
2 weeks ago a bunch of pimple like postules showed up under my armpit [below were you shave] and they quickly turned into staph [it gets to the point now that i know i am getting an infection before it shows up] I am allergic to ALOT of antibiotics from having to use them so often [about once a month] I know i can take doxicycline and clindamyacin, so they put me on doxi 100mg every 12 hours for 7 days, took all of them and it dried up and went away, in this time i furiously disinfected my house, everything. Bleach. got rid of razors and soap to be sure. about 5 days ago I noticed one postule growing again, I was at the beach at the time and when i got home my fiancee took me to the ER. Same doc saw me and took one look at it and gave me the same antibiotics again. Its been about three days and this abcess has become bigger and more painful, the top is open [from hot compresses] but there is a pocket the size of a marble now [it was about a little smaller than a pea at first] I have been taking my meds on time. I am waiting for a phone call from the advice nurse, im worried if i go back in he will tell me i am fine, my body has a tendency to become allergic/immune to antibiotics, I dont know how much longer to wait... I want to go in and tell them I need the vancomycin but im afraid he will brush me off again [he didnt even take me into a room to check it out]
How long should I wait? Should I go now so it doesnt get worse?
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replied November 16th, 2007
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Kjms.. I hope you back to the Er! Don't Wait! You don't want it to spread!

I am dealing with my 2nd round of staph, actually goin back to er today cause the sore on my belly hasn't gotten any better. Went on Monday and had IV antibiotics and taking oral antibiotics for 10 days. I should've noticed a change by now!
Went thru this last month from a bite on my finger that got infected but my lab results got lost and i was never told it was staph, but lucky i had a smart er dr. then and he shot me in the bum with antibiotics and gave me some oral antibiotics to be safe.
But soon as my finger healed I started to break out with little pimples that hurt, not knowing what it was. Till I went to the hopital to get my records on monday and they finally found my lab results. Needless to say I went to my regular hospital for further treatment, which is where i am off to today.. again. I hope you are doing better.. Always go with your instincts, if you feel you need to get better meds, go see the Dr.!! Good luck! Laughing
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replied November 17th, 2007
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Thank you, i did go last night, i was going to wait it out today, but we went to walk to the car and i flat up passed out....not enough water, the meds and pain meds suck it out of me. they put me on vacromycin...
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replied December 1st, 2007
Burning Staphylococcus Infections.
I am a ceramic floor tiler that has been plagued with serious knee and fingertip staphylococcus infections for 20 years, they become more frequent and now I suffer from it 3 times a year, if I become immune to flucloxicillin antibiotics I'm afraid this will kill me. Let me explain in simple terms what I think about this, the symptoms, and treatment. These lesions start as a small pin sized spot under the skin that rapidly grows, it feels like a burning cigarette being held against my knee and within 48 hours I need a doctor urgently. Within 3 days I certainly need a needle & drip treatment from a hospital. I thought I had a splinter of tile in my knee and after 2 days of hacking and slicing at my skin with needles and nail clips. was put in an ambulance with a serious staph infection. I never knew a pin sized spot could be so painfull. I have heard this infection called many names, from housemaids knee to super bug. In its early stage its folliculitis/cellulitis commonly started from an ingrown hair ( red, swollen, mild burning sensation) this soon becomes an infected spot over night. This will usually become a serious infection that becomes too much for the lymph glands in the groin and armpits. When the joints seize up thats called septic arthritis. If it spreads to the bone, it will make you clench your teeth or scream. I'd say from experience that the human body cannot fight it and it will not go away away on its own. The only Drug I know of is a full 24 tablet coarse of flucloxicillin, those yellow & black capsules have saved my life about 26 times. When the drug starts working it brings the puss to the surface. dont be shocked if it leaves a hole the size of a marble, the infection eats the flesh and replaces it with puss, when the puss has been removed you see a crater thats winking at you. I am at this very moment fighting it again, I find the antibiotics work best for me if I assist them by removing the puss discharge as it comes to the surface. Today I used boiling water, Dettol and nail snips to pull away the puss discharge. Staphylococcus lives in the nose of many healthy people ( 20-30% of us ) and they can live with it but a small percentage of people like myself are vulnerable to it. It is caught when stapylococcus saliva enters the body through broken skin. I dont think staphylococcus is taken seriously enough by doctors and nurses, considering that it's a very serious infection they seem very ho hum about it,...ironic that so much of this is passed from nurse to patient in operating rooms and wards. I passed it to my pregnant spouse when our legs touched in bed She found out first hand what my pain was like. although it may not have been the cause of the childs disfigured heart valve, I'd still be carefull. The doctor assures me the placenta would have protected the baby. I still have my doubts. This is why I hate seeing sportsmen spit on the field. anyone who spits in public should spare a thought for people who work on their hands and knees in a public place. IF YOU HAVE THIS PLEASE SEE A DOCTOR URGENTLY. IT MAY KILL YOU IF YOU DONT
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replied December 2nd, 2007
Staph. Again!
3rd time in a month.
Someone please help I dont know what to do! They are just going to put me on the same antibiotic that hasnt obviously killed it.
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replied September 12th, 2011
Try organic (if possible) turmeric powder! That's what I'm using & I have boils pushing through really fast now! After 3 years of staph spreading all over my body, I have found something that is working! Take 1 tsp of turmeric powder (try to get organic from the health food store, not the grocery store) & mix it with a little bit of warm water. Drink the mixture 3 times a day. This can cause constipation so it is very important to drink two large glasses of water right after. Lots of water (filtered)will also help cleanse your body of toxins, which can cause the staph infection to hold on. I use tea tea oil on the boils that push through. The tea tree oil will dry the boils up really fast! I use 100% tea tree oil. I also eat very healthy, stay away from all dairy & sugars & artificial sugars. These foods will weaken the immune system & we need our immune system to help fight this off! I also eat lots of cilantro! It will help your body locate the staph (it hides in your body) so it can fight it off. I also spray ionic silver water in my eyes & inside my vagina to kill the staph in those areas. And spray the ionic silver water all over my body after showers. I take 2-3 showers a day using Mysore sandal soap that you can get off Amazon for really cheap. And I am taking mineral baths every night using 1/2 cups of Balanced Minerals & 3-5 drops of lavender oil. My staph infection is getting a lot better since my natural doctor has had me doing all this! Stay away from fast food, meats (except fish), sugars & artificial sugars, dairy, foods with dyes & lots of chemicals! Very important! Or it'll help the staph to hold on! Good luck!
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replied December 2nd, 2007
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Depending upon the type of infection you may wish to consider Manuka Honey.

http://tahilla.typepad.com/mrsawatch/wound s_honey/index.html

Mike
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replied July 27th, 2012
Yes, that's what I did, & Thymex 4 capsules a day after all three meals.
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replied December 2nd, 2007
Another Outbreak For Me Too :(
I am having another outbreak again to! I went to my Dr. on 11/28 and she said she didn't want to start me on antibiotics again so soon since i just got done them 2 weeks ago. These are sore ones to!
The last med I was on was Cippro, she only gave me this ointment Mupirocin2% to use on the sores. I don't know what to do either! This is really scary!
I wash my sheets every other day now. Any clothes that I wear get washed after they are worn. I lysol the house, germ-x my hands. Especially germ-x shopping cart handles!
I don't go over anyones house cause I don't want to contaminate anyone, and the pain and worry of this is making me crazy. I have so many other health issues this is just the cherry on the top.
Totally in agreement that Drs. aren't taking this as serious as it should be taken.
Do we ever get rid of this? And Do these scars last forever? I have a pretty nasty looking one on my leg.
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replied September 12th, 2011
Don't use germ-x or any other anti-bacterial products.
Anti-bacterial items, such as germ-x can make the problem worst. Since staph is a bacterial infection & anti-bacterial products can cause super bacteria using germ-x can cause 'super' staph that could become impossible to kill. No one should ever use anti-bacterial products!
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replied December 3rd, 2007
Staph Infections
Anne Marie, I'm so sorry you are going through this. I know in a way what you are going through. I dont know if this is with us for ever, its embarrassing sometimes. when I had it on my knee I passed it on to my chin because I was squatting down and my knee connected with a shaving nick. suddenly I had this big septic sore on my neck. It wasn't as painfull as my knee but it did swell up and become painfull. I wonder why you havent been given any flucloxicillin. When I went to the chemist with the prescription they asked me if I wanted a cheaper version of the same medicine. I said no way, my life is at risk and I want exactly what was on the presciption. Chemists should not tamper with a doctors request. Flucloxicillin works best on an empty stomach but is very affective with these sores.
Dont stay at home thinking about going to the doctor, its dangerous, All we can do to prevent this is wash regular and perhaps wear barrier creams to keep the germ from getting beneath our skin. It gets in through our skin in places that are broken, scratched, even hair that is shaved beneath the skin can generate it. The likely source is in our own noses, there is a nasal ointment in a tube to use daily, my doc says it will remove the staphylococcus bug from my nose within a few weeks of using it daily. Dont let anything from your nose get into open cuts. If you read up on staph, you will learn that it can live in your nose all of your life but can be cured. generally people with stuffy blocked noses carry it. Maybe you dont have staph but if you do Good luck, dont let it get you down.
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replied December 16th, 2007
Going to New Dr.
I went to my primary care Dr. this past week and since I still have these pimples that are popping up she is sending me to an infectious disease Dr. I go on January 8th. I've been doing everything like I'm suppose to be doing, like I said before, but I just don't understand why I keep getting them. So far I have found that the underside of my arms are the worse! And also my skin is becoming very sensitive to the band-aids. Some of the sores that get big are the ones that get the thick pus plug i call it. yuck Very painful too!
I shower daily never wearing anything more than once, and change bandages twice a day, washing areas with Band-aid Antiseptic Wash, then applying Bactracin and a bandage. Sometimes my pimples get itchy, does anyone else have this to? oh yea, i also filed my nails down to. I just want it gone. I can't hold our new grandbaby till i get rid of this! boohoo Sad
Have a Merry Christmas! Smile
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replied January 7th, 2008
Damnit!
Hey its me again, staph....4th time. Same spot, it just keeps moving down my side, last time they cut it open and i was relieved it was gone for a month!!!!!!! But then it suprised me and came back(BOO!!!!!!!) Doctors put me back on doxicycline (ONLY antibiotic im not allergic to!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Scary huh?))))))) And bad news, its been 2 days and on it and i grew another bump. How do you get a doctor to actually listen to you? They all keep brushing it off, Ive had this 4 times (3 in a month then a one month break, thank god) and i cannot afford to become allergic or immune to this antibiotic especially when im prone to infection, its such a wierd place its in, I dont even touch that area!!!!!!!!!! Ive washed my clothes constantly, bedsheets, threw away countless deoderants, using sanitizer like its goin out of style....i mean there is nothing i can think of to do anymore, no doctor will take the time to figure out a solution, I want them to put me on vancomycin, I want it to be done with, kaput, im so sick of it. I mean literally, I woke up with severe flu and staph....my fiancee has a weakened immune system and often has cuts, he doesnt get staph, I have cuts on my fingers all the time(i pick at my nails, i know its bad for you) and none on my fingers.....I mean what!!!!!!! Anyone know how to get a doctor to listen to me/. I mean they are dabbling with my life here.
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replied January 10th, 2008
Staph Gone
I didn't have to go to the infectious disease Dr.. cause my staph is all cleared up!! for now at least!! 3 weeks ago i ran out of my meds i take for my intercranial hypertension, diamox & topomax, and within a week my sores all healed and no new ones developed! I was with out my meds for a little over 2 weeks. So I am thinking that they were interferring with my immune system and the antibiotics.
Kjms, you really should go to an infectious disease dr. that is what my primary dr. wanted me to do when she couldn't resolve the staph.
Also, if you are on other medications you may want to check with your primary Dr. to see if they may be blocking the antibiotics from working.
I did go and sit with Santa the day before Christmas, and he asked what I wanted and I told him I just want to be healthy this year, cause last year was not a good year for me. And since I believe in Santa I guess he granted my wish! Embarassed yes
keep us posted
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replied January 14th, 2008
Opp Gone Wrong
i got staph 4yrs ago just found out buy reqesting my medical file thinking to sue my doctor gp no one told me i had it now my breast is scared largley i healed it my self with bedidine after 9mths and a skin graft i was on dicloccicillin and flucloxicillin it didnt work ,,
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replied February 22nd, 2008
4 Year old Staph infection on leg.
Went to 2 Wound centers and 2 Dermatologists. No results.Took Bactraim Lavoquin and Amoxicillin. No Results. Circulation in leg good. Have had it wrapped with Silverdine appllied. Nothing. Had Breast Cancer treatmentso been in hospital fequently. Maybe where I picked it up.Am I going to the correct Doctors? Are their specialist for Staph? Am really getting fustrated! Would appreciate any help you can give me. Thanks
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replied February 27th, 2008
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Re: 4 Year old Staph infection on leg.
Wardbird wrote:
Went to 2 Wound centers and 2 Dermatologists. No results.Took Bactraim Lavoquin and Amoxicillin. No Results. Circulation in leg good. Have had it wrapped with Silverdine appllied. Nothing. Had Breast Cancer treatmentso been in hospital fequently. Maybe where I picked it up.Am I going to the correct Doctors? Are their specialist for Staph? Am really getting fustrated! Would appreciate any help you can give me. Thanks


No. There are no spec. for staph infections. Though you may want to have them do a blood test or swab depending on where your staph is located. This will tell them which antibiotics the staph is resistant to. Which should tell them which antibiotic to treat with. Staph infections are very tricky and sometimes are hard to get rid of. Some people require IV treatment.
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replied May 20th, 2008
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I have had times when I had an infection and could not get rid of it. So I used the following method. You can use it when you are taking antibiotics also. This really works but you must use it several times until the infection have drained completely.

Activated charcoal poultice
1. Grind 1 tablespoons of flaxseed (this have healing properties)
2. Mix flax meal together with 1-3 tablespoons of charcoal powder.
3. Mix with a little water to form a wet paste. It should be moist but not crumbly or drippy.
5. Spread the jelly evenly over an appropriate size damp paper towel.
6. Cover the jelly with a second cloth or damp paper towel.
7. Position poultice over the area to be treated (i.e. - liver, stomach, kidneys, spleen, knee, eye, ear, tooth, infection, sting or bite area).
8. Cover the poultice with plastic (plastic food wrap works fine) cut to overlap the poultice by an inch on every side. This will keep it from drying out. If the charcoal dries out, it will not be able to adsorb
9. Finish off by bandaging or taping the poultice securely in place. Leave it on from 7 hours, if applied during the day, or better yet, overnight. Remover and another poultice can be applied.

Note: Poultices of any kind only work if there is continuous moist contact with the skin.
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replied May 24th, 2008
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Whoa, slow down here a moment. If you have not had this looked at yet ( I am going over old posts) please have this looked at. There is more out there now then just staph along. That can be treated, just with a different antibiotic that they would not normall look for. MRSA really should be ruled out IMHO.

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replied March 24th, 2009
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i have had horrible burning pain after sex every time in my vaginal area what could this be and how could i stop it?
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