Patient Comments: Staph Infection - Experience


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Comment from: Old man Okie, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: April 28

I am a male, 74 years old. I went to my doctor 2 weeks ago for redness around my mouth. Doctor said it's a staph infection, and gave me antibiotics and mupirocin ointment. The redness came back after antibiotics were finished. I called the doctor, he's putting me on stronger antibiotics and cream ointment. I am hoping the mouth redness will go away quickly for good.

Comment from: Nan, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 31

My staph infection looked like a little pus filled boil. I tried draining it but it came back. Within 8 hours it was growing and I went to the emergency room. It was surgically drained and finally I was given vancomycin after 7 days of trying other antibiotics. I am diabetic and needed after care.

Comment from: should be dead, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 12

I had a swollen collar bone area that was very tender, no physical sore from staph infection. I am type 2 diabetic, and went to hospital for a Toradol shot for my bad back pain. I went to the emergency room a few days later in a coma with sugar at 800. Several days later I was transferred to major hospital. Many MRIs and many surgeries later, and 3 months in the hospital, I had learned to walk again, but had a wound VAC on the area of my clavicle. It all started January 2019 and today November 11, 2019 and I still get IV antibiotics at home.

Comment from: bob, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: December 04

I had sores on arms and legs with yellow round long cylinder like staph infections, very hard to physically remove with tweezers. It was treated with mupirocin ointment, Bactroban, and also aloe vera.

Comment from: flaco, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: November 21

I got a staph infection 8 years ago in my early 20s. It was located on my left pectoral muscle. I was working at an animal hospital at the time and continued to work through the pain. Two long weeks later finally it drained. It went away and no antibiotics used. I am now 31, I got staph on my calf in July, now it’s November and I believe the 1st one has returned. I've been in pain in the same spot for one week. I am on doxycycline 100 mg, had x-ray and ultrasound today. I didn't know staph can come back and stay in your body.

Comment from: bisbeegirl, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 11

I’m diabetic. I went to the mall in 2002, my sugar went too low, I passed out, and my head hit the corner of a counter. I split a pre-existing cyst in the head wide open, hit the dirty floor, and bled a lot. Fire department came, took me by rescue to the trauma hospital. The doctor sewed up what he could. I started getting little blisters, then more of them and bigger sores. The doctor did a culture test in 2016. Found out it was staphylococcus. The staph infection still hasn’t gone away! There’s a lot more but not enough space, it is now 2020.

Comment from: Julie, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 01

I just found out my 13 year old passed away in November because of staph infection. I just don’t understand why.

Comment from: Jaylo, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 29

My staph infection was red and lumpy and had pus coming out of it.

Comment from: Meeee, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 16

In my younger years I went to jail, I had a bump on my knee popped, and it got exposed to some bad bacteria I am assuming. I went home and it swelled up 10 times the size of my normal knee and busted it. It got feeling back up so I now realize this was staph infection. Since then, that was about 15 years ago, I have had staph infection on my buttocks and my lip now. For about 7 to 10 years I've been getting these little patches of itchy clear bumps that look like baby pimples.

Comment from: Cappuccino , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 25

The peritonsillar abscess started with a sore throat (strep). Then one tonsil got bigger, and didn’t go down. I couldn’t move my head or gargle, ear pain and throat pain were terrible. I made a paste from green clay olive leaf powder and castor oil. I put the mud on my neck below the ear with hot water bottle, and in 20 minutes it opened the abscess so I could keep spitting it out. I did have an antibiotic and colloidal silver.

Comment from: Techno W4, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 06

My staph infection looks like small boils in some parts of my skin, hot eyes and making me appear old.


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Comment from: Bella, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 14

I have had plaque psoriasis for 33 years. As a child I was covered. As I got older most of my spots healed and now I only have them on my knees and elbows. I treat the spots by going to the tanning bed at the start of summer. This has worked for years. Recently I tried a different bed. As soon as I got out my whole body itched. When I got home I was covered from neck to toes with red spots. I now have guttate psoriasis. I went back to the old bed and they are healing but I wonder how long an outbreak usually lasts!

Comment from: Chris.lze, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: April 24

I am not sure if it’s even staphylococcus a, or MRSA or what. After much hesitation I’m going to my doctor this weekend since he’s handling urgent care there. I have no known reason for this to start, but staph infection seems to be the only logical thing it could be. One morning I woke up with these red large horizontal but not very large vertically bumps on my right armpit. I’ve never shaved anything but my face, and the first set I don’t remember noticing until it was huge. Over a week it grew to about a golf ball size and I wondered if it was ever going to develop a head. Finally it did, not one but 3 or 4 heads. I then learned that’s what is known as a carbuncle. That time it drained on its own because I was nervous to drain it myself and it drained then quickly dried to a crust like substance over my arm pit hair. The pain was gone so I cleaned it off in the shower. A week or two later more started growing there. This time I used Dawn antibacterial soap and drained it myself as it allowed me to without having to force it, and it went away other than red flat painless scars that remain. I thought finally they’re gone, no need to go to the doctor! Then out of nowhere a few days ago I noticed that my left arm pit is growing two of the things, but my right arm pit is still acting normal like it’s gone other than the red scars. Now one of them is ready to drain and the other isn’t, and this is what’s making me go to the doctor. It’s painful, I can barely move the arm the armpit of which has the boils, without experiencing some moderate pain. I just want them to go away and it worries me.

Comment from: Amblessed, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: October 31

It just started on my shoulder as ordinary rash and lasted for days, but now it has started spreading to the arm pit and other parts of the body.

Comment from: some1, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: November 01

I have contracted staph infection about a month ago. I didn’t really know what it was until my whole face was full of boils oozing pus. It was horrible and painful, plus it was all under my beard so it was hard applying anything to it. Anyway, I went straight to emergency when it started to really burn my skin. The doctor injected an antibiotic and prescribed antibiotics which I used for about a week. After that, everything went back to normal, no scratches on the skin, nothing. But, I had one scar which I couldn’t help but scratch, it seemed like it was still infected. One day I had had enough with the itchiness and ripped it open (by accident). Unluckily, the infection came back to me and the same thing is happening all over again. I am currently under antibiotics and applying cream on the wounds. Moral: do not scratch the scars!

Comment from: carol d., 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: September 22

I had vertigo about 7 years ago and had headache. I woke up yesterday morning spinning and got sick to my tummy. Today I feel spaced out.

Comment from: Papa Greg, 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 12

I was born in 1947. My late mother, a retired nurse, over the years had reminded me that I had rheumatic fever (RF) and was in bed for six months. I do not remember that. But, I could not play high school sports. Later, I was drafted and though I told doctors about the RF, I passed my physical. I served my active duty in Europe and then retired out of the Army Reserve. In all the physicals I received over those twenty years, nothing related to RF showed up. However, not long after, I started having occasional palpitations. My internist diagnosed supraventricular tachycardia (SVT). He has treated me with medication since and I rarely have any symptoms. However, my life style has been rather sedate. I have had some arthritis over that last twenty years or so, but probably not related to RF but being older.

Comment from: Lady Anne, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 08

My grandmother used to make a tea from the leaves of jewel weed, which is often found growing near poison ivy. She kept this tea in the fridge and would dab it on my rash with a cotton ball. If the rash was severe, after she'd swabbed me down, she would take a whole leaf and place it on the damp skin, then wrap the whole shebang with loose gauze or a piece of old bedsheet. I still use this method on myself (I swear I can get poison ivy by looking at the plant too hard), and well as my kids, grandkids, and now great-grandchildren.

Comment from: 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 08

I started with severe back pain and ended up in hospital. I was soon diagnosed with staph virus. I had kidney failure and septicemia. I also had an abscess on my spine. After 3 days in critical care I was moved onto a ward. I spent 5 weeks in hospital and after intravenous antibiotics and other drugs I was well enough to return home. I still get tired spells but I'm back at work on reduced hours and getting stronger as the weeks go by.


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Comment from: coolboot, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: November 17

I am an 84 year old male in relatively good health but suspected of prostate cancer. I tried bitter apricot seeds as preventive treatment. I chewed 4 seeds after dinner around 10 pm and retired at midnight. At 3 am I was startled awake with headache, abdominal pain, and acute nausea. Taste of bitter almonds was present in my mouth for a week after. I upchucked twice in an hour what appeared to be remains of the apricot seeds. My body was rejecting the seeds. I was unable to go back to sleep and spent the day in pain with headache, nausea and no appetite. I was unable to sleep next night, got dressed at 5 am and took cab to the emergency room where they ran a CT scan. They found a mass in my lower stomach, and I was told and they wanted to biopsy for cancer. I told them I had food poisoning, not cancer; cyanide in apricot seeds. They focused on cancer. For 3 days and nights I writhed in hospital bed with pain, nausea, headache, unable to sleep or eat. Sipping a little water was best I could do. They put me on a drip saline solution and pain reliever. By the time four days had elapsed, the pain had mostly subsided, and I could tell I was getting back to normal; that night they released me with no diagnosis but instructions to check in with primary care for outpatient follow up. I think I will never eat bitter apricot seeds again!

Comment from: Mark L, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 09

I was turning 50 in July of 2013 but in March 2013 I was in hospital a week before I was diagnosed with MRSA. Apparently I had suffered 10 weeks with it before I nearly was unable to walk, and the family doctor was not able to work out what was wrong. Roughly 13 to 15cm long taking up 50 percent of my spinal column was the abscess and a 13 to 15cm diameter round internal mass outside of my spine between L3 to L4. I have an external 13 cm scar on my back, lost 3 weeks of memory whilst surviving the fever after the operation. I entered the hospital 84 kg and went down to 42 kg in the 2nd or 3rd week. I have shrunken discs where pressure is being put onto the nerves as I walk. I can only stand for 5 minutes at a time and walk a maximum of 400 meters before I collapse onto the ground in severe pain. I live on Tramadol 200 mg 2 a day and Codeine 30 mg 2 a day. If I need to go to a mall I’m limited to using a wheelchair. I had the operation near an old injury from the past but I picked up MRSA I suspect from sitting on a dirty toilet seat 8 or 10 years earlier when I had carbuncles on my buttocks. I exist now trying to find ways not to suffer pain so to all that healthy, feel fortunate.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Comment from: Jeanne Meisenzahl , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 02

I have a circular seriously bad infection with dry skin peeling off and it just burst. Thick white pus is gushing out of the middle of this circle of infection! I don’t know if this is staph infection or how I got this horrible infection.

Comment from: TPE, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: July 13

I had the tetanus injection 2 days ago and I have a bad pain in my shoulder blade area all the way up to my neck. I can’t lower my head because it’s very painful. I’m also struggling to sleep because any position hurts. My elbow feels tingly almost like it is about to get pins and needles. Really hoping it stops soon! Can’t be like this for work! Ugh!

Comment from: Wyc, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: April 24

I am 28 years old, and for 2 months now I started having rashes and later it started itching. Then I noticed I was having some burns and peeling skin with boil. Now I am feeling body pain and I feel something is in my chest. And when I breathe my back hurts me. I am worried about staph infection.

Comment from: momofthree, 13-18 Male (Patient) Published: June 14

Yesterday, my 13 year old found a deer tick on her eyelid, right in the inner corner of her eye, about 2 mm from being in her eye. I believe a nymph; that thing was so tiny I had to use reading glasses and a magnifier to identify it as a tick. We are hoping she got it yesterday. It really just looked like a dark freckle. We have a lot of wildlife in our yard, deer, squirrels, raccoons, chipmunks, bunnies, etc. I'm told that chipmunks and squirrels can carry deer ticks as well. She always sprays herself if going near the woods or creek. Yesterday she just went in our pool, but the deer eat the lilies around the pool and the chipmunks live in the rock walls there. Half afraid to walk to my garden!

Comment from: momo, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 13

The gastroenteritis, stomach flu, is something that one of my relatives is affected with for two days now and has been marked with problems like diarrhea, fever, vomiting and cramps. Even though the doctor gave her medications, she cannot hold her 'thing' after bowel movements and bespatters and stains her pants. Her mother had to wash everything and she has to use diapers for her. She’s more ten years old now so it's not funny.

Comment from: Sky, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 23

I have suffered for about 20 years, from Epstein-Barr virus infections. My doctor never has given me any kind of medication for it. I am just taking pain medications when needed. I am getting older and this takes a lot out of me now. I don't get the bad headaches any longer but my body hurts everywhere and I am really tired all the time. What a life!

Comment from: J Walker, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 13

My wife got a staph infection after a hip replacement in 2004, she has had her 3rd replacement. She has had gentamicin beads placed inside her leg for a while, and numerous different antibiotics, without success. She is presently on Bactrim, to no avail. She has a small boil like abscess on her upper leg, about half way down the femur, which has to be cleaned and clean dressings put on twice a day. I am told that she can have a girdle-stone done which would make her immobile and she could die if it is done, another orthopedic surgeon advises against it due to the risks. They say that the staph forms a gel like layer on the metal in the hip, hence the girdle-stone procedure suggestion.

Comment from: KK, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 17

I have had a recurring nasal staph infection for almost 20 years. Each year it got progressively worse, spreading through my nose inside/out and across my face. It infuriates me as there is nothing I can do but endure the pain and agony. News flash: there is a vaccine for animals for staph, Staphage Lysate. FDA won’t allow it for human use.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Comment from: Victory, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 11

I wonder if staph infection affects reproductive organs in the body.

Comment from: Pam , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 13

The cause of dehydration is we are in temperatures that are in the high 90s. But the humidity is really high too. Yes, we have a heat advisory.

Comment from: Will , 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: May 22

I have staph infection. I have been treating it, but the conditions still remain the same.

Comment from: slow, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 02

I am taking antibiotics for my staph infection. I am a cancer survivor but this scares the life out of me.

Comment from: Jessie-ann , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 23

I have a staph infection on my hand. I have not had my period in 3 years and now I have a small amount of blood on my underwear.

Comment from: Jonesy, 0-2 Male (Caregiver) Published: November 08

Just an update, 3 weeks since my operation for prolapsed uterus. I saw my doctor last week and she said I was progressing very well. I have to see her again in 3 weeks when she will examine me again. The soreness in my buttocks has disappeared and I am feeling great. My doctor says I should resume normal life after 6 weeks from surgery, but I am going to take it easy for 8 weeks as a friend told me her sister has had 3 operations in 18 months. The worst thing about this problem is that I have to resume 100 pelvic floor exercises a day. Maybe forever! Ugh.

Comment from: Luigi, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 02

In 1989 I went to the hospital for a routine inguinal hernia operation. To make a very long story short I was back in the hospital 9 more times for 8 more surgeries, and twice for sepsis; with the last surgeries being done in September and November of 2008. I wonder what the long term effects on my health would be carrying this staph infection so deep inside my body for nearly two decades.

Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 30

Sometime in 2012 I used a public toilet. At night I felt cold and the next day my vaginal area began to itch so badly. I took some antibiotic, but it didn’t stop. A friend advised me to do swab test and after the test the results showed scanty growth of staph. I took the injection prescribed for me Rocephin and Augmentin and the itching stopped. Once in a while the itching will start and stop. I went for another swab to see if the staph had cleared and the results showed moderate staph infection. I am fed up.

Comment from: whocares, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 13

I have oral herpes but luckily I only get maybe 1 sore a year and that's it. But not as bad as everyone describes here. I've never taken anything for it either. Apparently most people have this.

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.

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.

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.

Comment from: dannyboy201, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 28

I am 43 years old I contacted MRSA in my spine. I am now permanently disabled from my nipples down which is a T4 injury. I am now confined to a wheel chair. They say I may have contracted staphylococcus by intravenous usage. But how it wound up in my spine, nobody can give me a direct answer. So anyone using IV should be very very careful.

Comment from: Carol, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 11

These stories of staph infections seem so tame. I got what I thought was a spider bite. A small bump surrounded by a sand dollar sized ring which was hard. It was under my arm by my breast. I went to the doctor and because I had MRSA a few months before she gave me Bactrim. Two days later I came back because the area had quadrupled in size and was emitting large quantities of puss. Cups full. So the doctor cultured it and the preliminary find was staph, but there hasn't been enough time to get the culture back on what to treat it with. I go in daily to have the area, which now has many openings, drained and packed. I have had a temperature of a minimum of 100 constantly and the area is fluctuating between better and worse. I am using Hibiclens on my body and the bactrim type ointment in my nose. Today I will get a second opinion.

Comment from: apple-pie, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: March 16

My staph infection has been a real saga. I first got some little sores on my lip in April 2011. They looked a little like cold sores, but didn’t respond to the cold sore cream I tried on them. After my gp tried various creams and couldn’t diagnose it, I was sent to a dermatologist, who prescribed more creams and then referred me to be patch tested, as they both thought it was an allergic reaction to something. At the same time I was experiencing really nasty headaches, so I was also referred to a neurologist, who sent me for an MRI of my brain and spine. Nothing appeared on the results. About 6 weeks ago a set of sores came up on my hands, and my gp gave me yet more creams, thinking they were an allergic reaction, as well as some general antibiotics, as she thought they were an infected rash. The sores went away with the antibiotics, but came back a few days after I stopped taking them. A few days later I caught a cold, and the sores on my hands got bigger and crusty and weepy. They also started to spread. I now have 14 lesions on my hands, 3 on my nose, 2 in my nose, 1 on my forehead, 1 on my chest and 1 on my tummy. When the gp saw them, with their characteristic yellow crusts she immediately prescribed Flucloxacillin, which I have been on for 2 days. The sores have started to go away, but they're still painful. It's now March 2012, and after 14 different creams and 3 different tablets and I'm really excited at the prospect of being well!

Comment from: Robin3, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 26

5 days ago, I noticed a spider bite, from there the pain from that got worse and worse, and Saturday night, i went to a hospital for treatment from that, but when i took the bandage off from what the hospital put on, i noticed the area gotten a lot worse, like a boil, and when i touched it, it like fell apart, I went to the doctors today and that is when they told me it was staph infection. Not sure that is what I had also from that start, but thinking that I got it from the hospital.

Comment from: reddawn, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 26

I was diagnosed with a staff infection 2 days agao. I have had it for about 12 days. I have had 2 full days of antibiotics. My rash is on my head, neck, shoulders, chest, back, some on arms and legs.

Comment from: Emerson, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: August 23

For 6 years now, the color of my urine has been pale yellow sometimes dark yellow. Moreover I usually have constant headache and periodic fever. I also have swollen tonsils and lymph nodes. I went to the hospital where I was diagnosed with staphylococcus aureus. What I did not know is whether the staph is the cause of all these symptoms.

Comment from: Scotty, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 09

I got a staph infection in March 2011 after having rotator cuff surgery. It made a hole under my incision. My skin and staples were still intact. I was experiencing a lot of pain and high fever. My arm locked up on me. I went back to doctor and he put me on some antibiotics and heavier pain meds. He told me it’s probably a little infected. It continued till the next day and I notified him. He finally put me in hospital and took out a couple of the staples and my skin opened up and I could look down into a hole that had formed under the staples. I saw layers of meat and bone. I could see all the way into my shoulder. I stayed in hosp for 7 days. He washed it out a week later and put me on oral antibiotics. It still did not do any good. I went to another state to be treated with IV antibiotics and I feel better. I never want to go through that again.

Comment from: jenn, 3-6 Male (Caregiver) Published: January 27

My 5 year old son had what we thought was a cold sore and learned that it was a staph infection. It is located on the side of his mouth. The doctor gave him antiobiotics to treat it.

Comment from: Aby, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 11

I have a staph with large blisters. There is colorless fluid leaking out of them.

Comment from: Bassettgirl, 7-12 Male (Caregiver) Published: January 05

Our son had an itchy area on his knee. Then it got really red and inflamed. After about three days, two pockets developed on top of the bump. He is on Keflex, and it’s doing the trick.

Comment from: tessy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 19

I recently had upper eyelid surgery and developed a staph infection two days later. The doctors prescribed Cipro, which is working great. I never take antibiotics unless absolutely necessary. I wonder if it should be standard to take antibiotics after this type of surgery?

Comment from: glen, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 16

I broke my leg and had 2 plates and 19 screws put in. After 3 months i ended up with staph in the bone. I am on a cadd pump with vanco antibiotic this will be there for 6 weeks and according to the infection doctor it will clear it up. I am hoping for the best it has now been 7 months and still on the crutches.

Comment from: Staph hater, 13-18 Male (Patient) Published: February 22

I had a staph infection of the skin and my skin peeled off everywhere from the toe nails to my groin to my arm pits (causing all armpit hair to fall out) to the scalp. A place that it hurt the most was on my neck. This hurt so much it made it extremely painful just to swallow. The next was around my eyes making blinking or shutting my eyes crack or sting. My scalp was the most annoying. Once you started scratching you could not stop. Literally scratched my head hours on end. And even with all of my will power, could not stop.

Comment from: tina, 13-18 Male (Caregiver) Published: January 12

My 14 year old son started peeing blood, followed with pain in lower back and pain in lower stomach. I took him to the doctor he told me he has a urinary tract infection and staphylococcus. He has no soars and the doctor doesn’t know what strain I’m still waiting for a response.

Comment from: sexybabe, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

Mine has been off and on for 10 years now. These boils and I noticed a crawling, itching also shock like sensation all over my body. I have for a test and ask to be back in 48 hours. Later I was diagnosed of Staphylococcus specie and prescribed Maxpan and Ceffossin injection which I have taken to no avail.

Comment from: effie, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 03

My husband had a ruptured hernia about two months ago and had to get emergency surgery. Two weeks after the surgery he developed severe infection and was readmitted to the hospital. He was told that his body might be rejecting a mesh used in the surgery but after checking the records the doctor confirmed that no mesh was used. After three sets of antibiotics a culture was taken and he was told he had staph. He is now taking Clindamycin for seven days. Hopefully this will help.

Comment from: joey, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 22

Approximately 50 staph infection blisters, mainly on my abdomen, thighs and arms. This wasn't correctly diagnosed for 25 days. Also a very severe sore throat and a constant cough over the last week.

Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 02

My first staph infection outbreak was on my arm, looking like a spider bite. Treated by my doctor with antibiotics and an ointment. Weeks later, another sore arose under my arm. I went to the after hours clinic and they treated me with antibiotics and inserted a drain. It took several visits for care and to change the drain. Several month later another sore showed up under my chin. My doctor is treating it with antibiotics. In all cases, the sores were protruding, filled with puss and painful. I don't understand why I have reoccurances; my home is clean and hygene is also. I work in a funeral home and my doctor said I got it there.

Comment from: Sunday James, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: February 24

The test reveals heavy growth of staph after 24 hours of incubation, the specimen used is my urine. The test also shows that the staph will be resistant to other antibiotic except ciprofloxacin, and since I started the medication I have been having a fever.

Comment from: favour, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: February 14

Last year December, I tested heavy growth of candidiasis and growth of staph. I have taken gentimecin injection, other antibiotics prescribed by a medical doctor, but till now, the candidiasis has cleared, but am still battle with the staph. I am married. I want to know if I can still conceive. My husband is scared to have sex with me.

Comment from: Mikey, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: January 25

Mine started out to be like a small pimple on my face. I woke up the next morning and it was very swollen and painful. I went to the ER and the doctor told me there that it was staph. He put me on two different types of antibiotics. I hope they work over the next two days. I'm in a lot of pain.

Comment from: sherri, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 07

I had a biopsy on my back, which they said was Basil Cell. From the beginning it burned and had a discharge, felt like I had a hole in my back. They removed it and I still had the same problems. Which they said the drainage and all was normal. I had asked to be put on an antibiotic, which the PA ignored. After the stitches where removed it kept draining. One day it ruptured and I walked in the office (which I was told they didn't accept walk-ins. It was Dec 30th and I knew they would be closed Friday and the weekend. Well, they finally let me see the PA and she took a culture, gave me a gel to clean it and an appointment for 10 days later. I still had the same problems and made an appointment and saw the Dr., the culture was staph. I am very disappointed in my care.

Comment from: SJC, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 03

I had ramping pain in my lower abdomen and was vomiting, 2 Doctors examined me one said it was appendicitis the other a blocked bowel. They took swabs from my womb, it came back as staph. I was off work for 6 days in bed for 4 days, the doctors said wait and see, when the results came back I was prescribed amoxicillin, I feel a lot better.

Comment from: Staph Fighter, 19-24 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 27

My 20 year old daughter has a long history of eczema. Her skin is very sensitive and she changed laundry detergent. This caused a severe breakout. We tried for months to get it under control with prescribed ointments and over the counter solutions to control itching. She scratched a lot when she was sleeping. After months, we saw some improvement but decided to have her tested. The doctor did a skin culture and discovered that it was staphylococcus Aureus. We will treat it with Keflex (cephalexin). Hopefully, she will get some relief soon. I can't stress enough how important it is to be proactive when you notice unusual changes in your skin. It could be a matter of life or death.

Comment from: bazballfan, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 03

Hello, I acquired a staph infection from my second spinal fusion surgery in 1997. Since then I have had to deal with eight more spinal fusions and six more clean-out surgeries from the staph Infections. I ache 24/7 in my muscles and bones from head to toe. My blood always says I'm clean but the very next day after surgery my incisions burst open and I have full blown staph again and usually it ends up being two or three different strains of staph. The staph has eaten up my vertebrae, discs, and all the tissues of my spine from L5/S1 and now it's all the way to T-4. I'm going to undergo another fusion to try to stabilize my spine as it's moving so much in the thoracic area now that it's causing me heart issues and breathing problems that are getting to be very bad. The staph is in me and it won't die with the antibiotics that they run through me. I have air inside and around all of the discs in my spine so there is no stability at all. I ache so bad from the staph. My pain medications don't do a good job for the staph pains. I'm 56 years old now and I feel that this is going to take my life pretty soon. I'm taking a big risk for this next surgery but I need to try to stabilize my chest area so I can breathe and lay down sometimes without cutting off my air and making my heart hurt so much and go into these crazy beating patterns. I'm so sorry all of you have staph. Good Luck Everyone!