Main Article on Staph Infection (Staphylococcus Infection) Question: Please describe your experience with a staph infection. Submit Your Comment Comment from: giacamo, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 12 Over the past year and a half my MRSA infection in one of my toes has been treated with 4 times of 10 days rounds of 100 mg doxycycline. It has never been 100 percent effective for the staph infection but I think the venous reflux in my lower leg has caused it to swell from the middle of my shin to my toes. Comment from: Linswings, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: July 08 Recording on 7/3/19. I had squamous cell skin cancer (SCSC) removed on 6/5/19. This was on my cheek on my face. Nearly a year ago, a different doctor did a biopsy, it never healed, and finally I got permission to go to another doctor. A couple of days after surgery the area was swollen, red and very painful. I took antibiotics for two weeks then I was told I have a staph infection. I wonder if I am contagious even though I had two weeks of antibiotics. On 7/2/19 I had a second SCSC removed, and this one on my back. Comment from: Selah, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 05 I have been itching for close to 8 months now, I got tested, and it was confirmed to be a staph infection. I took the drugs, well, not faithfully though, but recently it got really bad and it only stops itching when I constantly wash my private parts. I started taking Cipro and honestly it’s the same, no changes! I am tired! The last test cost me a lot of money. I don't have cash for another test, and the itching is driving me crazy! Comment from: Daze , 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 25 I used to have a medium growth of staph infection, then I took a lot of antibiotics for months. Now it's only a urethral swab test that still catches it in my system. The last test results says I now have scanty growth. But one thing is common. I usually have discharge 2 days after I complete my treatment. I don’t know why it is resisting the antibiotics! Comment from: Peter pan, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 10 I am pretty sure I've got staph infection on my right knee, very nasty. I have high fevers and night sweats, and it is astronomically painful. I wonder if the pain is common. Comment from: Mike , 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: October 07 I really don’t know what’s happening to me. Since 2013 doctors are saying I am having ulcer and did surgery on it, but still it is not going. I don’t sleep at night, have vomiting, and feeling something hurt on my right abdomen, and loss of appetite to eat. I am worried if it is a staph infection. Comment from: DuDu, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: October 03 I have had staph infection (Staphylococcus aureus) for years. And I masturbate too much. Now there is no more erection at all. Comment from: RB, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 06 I had a temperature of 39.5 and a resting pulse of 130. The general physician sent me straight to the hospital as I also have chronic lymphocytic leukemia. I was admitted and was an inpatient for 2 weeks. It took 1 week to ascertain I had staph A and pneumonia in my lungs, from a sputum sample. No response to the first 2 antibiotics and temperature kept spiking. Then after the sputum test the antibiotics were changed. Ciprofloxacin started to work within 24 hours and I survived the crisis. Comment from: Concerned Mom, 13-18 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 28 My daughter had a tiny bump under her lower lip (could have been pimple - she is 16). She picked at it and within a day she had a blister that we thought was a cold sore. Medicated with Abreva. Within a couple of days, the tiny bump crusted and then her lower lip was red and it too turned into a scabby, oozy sore. Two days later, she had three spots on her cheek and one on her forehead. After three days of no response to Abreva and sores spreading, I took her to a skin doctor who said it was Impetigo. He gave her Keflex. Since the doctor’s appointment this afternoon, the blisters have spread to the upper lip and lower chin. I have read that cats carry staph infection. Looking back, she was scratched by our feline on the cheek last Tuesday she touched that scratch quite a bit and possible caused the staph on the lower lip bump that morphed into a chin/lip/cheek staph infection today Monday. It spread so fast. Glad we got to the doctor and hopefully Keflex will work. I have taken her out of school until her face clears up. Will post later with update to the treatment. Comment from: Joanne, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 19 I had Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery in a private hospital. Ten days later I noticed the wound was red and sore and I felt feverish. I went to the general physician (GP) and he gave me a week’s worth of antibiotics. It seemed to clear up but after another 3 weeks the top of my surgical wound was red and sore and looked like it was going to burst. The doctor put me on Staphlex antibiotics. It burst that afternoon and I went back to the GP, he drained it a bit and dressed it and took a swab. I have been on antibiotics for 3 weeks now since the second staph infection. It seems to be healing now. QUESTION MRSA describes a specific type of bacteria that are resistant to certain antibiotics. See Answer Comment from: kennedy, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: February 22 I went for a test in December 2016 and discovered I have ulcer and staphylococcus virus. But before then I used to feel severe pain on my joints especially my spinal joints. And also I started to develop little boils in my ear lobes (3 to 4 times). I also started feeling feverish especially in the morning times. I would wake up lazy and weak and very hot inside. Later I was prescribed drugs and an injection called Cefatum. I was asked to take it for five days. Today is my second day and I've stated to see changes like no more back pains and I woke up this morning relaxed and ok. I don't know if this will help with your research but I'm happy to help. Comment from: Ann, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 07 I just had surgery and three days later I started burning and was very sore. It got so bad that I couldn't take the pain anymore. I went to see the doctor and he said that it was cellulitis. I know better. I have blisters and drainage, swelling and it is hard to take the pain. It looks just like staph infection. He put me on antibiotics and wants to see me in a week. I have never had anything like this before. Like to know exactly how I got this. Mine is between my thighs. I had a colonoscopy. Comment from: Tphaeulz, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 19 A couple weeks ago, I noticed there was something sticky and wet behind my ear. Well, at first I didn't notice the wetness. There was crust and I soon found out that was because of the weeping (pus) behind my ear, right in the crevice where your ear attaches to your head. I used calendula ointment and extract because that was known to work on any injury I've ever had. Well, it seemed to clear up for a day but later returned. After another week had passed and neither would Neosporin work, I decided to take it to a doctor. I was informed that I had impetigo (staph and strep infection). I would say one of the biggest giveaways to knowing you have a staph infection is the way it eats through the meat of the skin and the painful blisters. I'm currently using Bactroban, and it is clearing up the infection slowly but surely. Make sure to clean it several times a day with soap and water. The terrible itching will be your reminder. The only thing that gave me relief was cleaning with alcohol in between using the Bactroban. It was the only way I could sleep at night. Comment from: jide, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: October 04 I have treated the staph infection numerous times, but it doesn't seem to go. I have had serious back pain for about 5 months, pain on the groin and on my thigh, and erectile dysfunction is setting in, all relating to it. I have taken several antibiotics, I don’t know how to solve this issue before it kills me. Comment from: Spoonman, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 12 On Sunday June 26, 2016 I stepped out of my garden and a 25 lb garden brick fell on my lower right leg and scraped the skin off pretty badly. I was already on medications from the dentist so I figured it would be fine. Now a week later it is majorly infected with MRSA/staph. Now my medical doctor has me on two different antibiotics. It is very painful. I go back to see him on July 12 to see if I will need to be admitted into the hospital or not. This is some serious stuff! All I can do now is hope that my leg heals! Comment from: Liz, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 03 I am the caregiver to my husband, who is fighting pancreatic cancer and heart problems. Two weeks ago I awoke with what I thought was a bite on my torso at my rib cage. When my husband saw it he thought it was a boil, but I put tea tree oil on it and thought it would dry up. In a week it began to drain, with a bloody pus, and eventually dried up. But, two days later, it again filled with pus, turned red and burned. Being Memorial Day weekend, I decided to go to the doctor, instead of suffer for another 4 days. She lanced it and sent a culture off for diagnosis. At that time she put me on Keflex Pulvule 500 MG. The next Tuesday, she emailed me telling me I had Staphylococcus epidermidis and that the Keflex would not work, she was putting me on doxycycline hyclate 100 MG for the next 10 days. I have no idea how I picked this up, but consider myself very lucky I went to the doctor when I did. Comment from: Tina, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 01 I have had diagnosed staph 3 times. Two were MRSA. First time I was 5, living in Florida. Running around barefoot, I stepped on a sand spur, and next day my foot was swollen, red, and hot to touch and hurt. Third day I had boils on my leg. I was placed in hospital where I was given IV antibiotics and they lanced and drained the boils twice a day. Yes, all 11 boils and cut out the infected area on my arch. Second time was a dog bite on my left hand at age 50. I'm a nurse, so of course I doctored it myself. It happened on a Sunday. By Friday my hand was inflamed, and oozing pus from the two puncture wounds on my hand. I had been soaking in hot water with Clorox added, pouring peroxide on wounds and rubbing antibiotic ointment on, along with oral antibiotic. Didn't help. On my way to work, went by my doctor for oral medicines, she gave me a shot, and sent me to a hand specialist at Urgent Care. They of course decided I should go to emergency department. So I was in hospital for 8 days. I had IV antibiotics, and three hand surgeries to open up and clean wound. Those hand wounds are so painful, and I was on pain medicines round the clock. Finally I got to go home. Third time I received a scratch on my right shin. Two days later I had staph infection. I had oral and ointment antibiotics. But I was wise, finally, I went to the doctor as soon as it developed heat and started oozing. Lo and behold, I am heading to the doctor this afternoon. My dog got me with her tooth when I was starting her IV fluids. Yep, right on my ring finger on right hand. I have been on oral and ointment antibiotics since it happened, but it is starting to get worse. I'm beginning to think some people are more prone to staph infection and MRSA than others and I must be one. I'm a clean person with clean surroundings and a healthy lifestyle. SLIDESHOW MRSA Infection: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment See Slideshow Comment from: SandyM, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 09 I have a staph infection in my nose. I went to urgent care yesterday after waking up with painful swelling. I just took my 3rd pill of Bactrim (2 a day for 7 days). Today I am more swollen and the pain is horrible. I am hoping that someone can tell me when this pain will subside. I can't stand it. Norco doesn't even help. Comment from: ninjakitty, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 30 I currently have blisters and a bright red rash from a staph infection. I haven't slept in over 24 hours because of the itching and burning. It is worse at night despite Benadryl and a prescription strength antihistamine. The clindamycin makes it worse as well as gives me nausea. Comment from: babydoll, 25-34 Male (Caregiver) Published: February 04 About a year ago my husband was on training for the military and had got a spider bite. The next day I had to take my husband to the emergency due to the spider bite on his right index finger. Well, the emergency room (ER) doctor lanced it and gave some antibiotics. The next day we were back home and he was again in pain. The pain medications weren't working. So I took him to the military hospital and they sent him home with stronger pain medications and told him to keep taking his antibiotics. Again the pain medications didn't help so for a second time I took him to the military hospital and they admitted him and put him in a room. Then a few hours later the doctor gave him an appointment on Thursday for the orthopedic doctor to have him scheduled for surgery. We went home with our two children, to my husband on the floor in pain. This time I took him to a civilian hospital to find out that it was MRSA. Tuesday the ER doctor just looked at his finger and told us they're scheduling him for surgery that day. He had to have surgery 2 times within a week to get rid of the infection and also with strong antibiotics. Luckily they saved his finger. MRSA is no joke. Any form of infection is no joke. If you think you have it please go get seen. Because you never know what could happen. Comment from: Nmsully , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 06 I had agoraphobia due to my folliculitis as well as staph infection. I didn’t go to the doctor when I got a big boil under my cheek and attempted to remove it myself. It originated from an idiotic attempt at exfoliating skin prior to knowing. I spread it everywhere and my life has been a living nightmare. People look at you as if you are a meth head junky because of my sores. I rarely leave home. I just feel bad for my teens. I know it’s embarrassing and has destroyed most areas of my once not so bad life. Comment from: Rossy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 22 I don't know if it is staph infection that is really disturbing my life since 2006, it comes and goes. I have been treated so many times without cure with different strong antibiotics. Symptoms like anal and vaginal itching, high body temperature, painful urination, vaginal discharge, tiredness, abdominal, waist and back pain, indigestion after eating, headache, frequent peeling, etc. Comment from: best, 19-24 (Patient) Published: August 29 I just got the result of a urinary tract infection test I did and it turned out to be staph pyogenes. For over six months I have been having neck pain with swollen lymph node at the back of the neck and joint pains; and now ear pains affecting the throat, including chest and back pains. Comment from: liz, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 02 I have a very tender boil with no pus the size of a dime in my inner thigh. I had a few papules on my belly. I am a very clean person. I’m wondering how I could have developed this. Comment from: Sherry, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 12 I got some bug bites and of course they started itching. After two weeks I noticed an area about the size of a quarter with big blisters. The next morning I went into the doctor's office and they told me it was staph. All the smaller blisters have popped out all around and the big blister and angry red. I was put on antibiotics and given a cream to use.