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#1 NC Dreama

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Posted 15 September 2007 - 03:10 AM

Hello all,
I am new to this site and would really like some feedback from other members. I have had scleroderma for this last 7 years and get along fairly well. My problem seems to be recurring staph infections, mainly in my feet. Is this common? I have taken so many antibiotics that I feel like a walking pill, I have also done intravenous antibiotics as well, the last round being 2 years ago. Two weeks ago a staph infection appeared out of nowhere near the same site as I had 2 years ago. Does anyone else have these type of infections? What questions should I be asking my doctors? Would an infectious disease doctor be a new doctor to add to the list?
I am nearly at wits end with these repeated staph infections and doctors just popping me full of antibiotics. Can anyone give me a clue? Is this just another symptom of scleroderma?
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NC Dreama
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Posted 15 September 2007 - 09:35 AM

Hi, NC Dreama, and welcome to the ISN Forums. I am glad you found us and started posting right away. Hopefully you will find support from the other forum members and moderators and the excellent medical information listed on the main site. I am not a doctor, but I don't think the staph infections are related to scleroderma specifically, though I have read that if you have diabetes you may be prone to more staph infections. What concerns me is that with all the antibiotics that have been given, more resistant strains of staphylococcus are developing which have become a real problem, especially in hospitals. Here is an article from Mayo Online on MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) Infections. Do you have sclero related ulcers on your feet that are getting infected? Regardless, the best way to prevent further infections is to keep your feet scrupulously clean, dry and protected. Click on the prevention link at the top of the article for more information. Staph germs will have to enter an opening but it only takes a small cut or pinprick. It may even be cracks from dryness.
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Posted 15 September 2007 - 11:06 AM

NC Dreama,
Welcome to the forums!! I have the same concerns that Jefa has about the antibiotics and are they really treating the more aggressive infections. When I got a staph infection a while back one of the doctors assigned to me was an infectious disease doctor. It might not be a bad idea to ask for a referral. You really do need to find out what is causing the frequency of these infections. Even for sclero, I don't believe it's normal to have so many reoccuring infections.

Please let us know how you are doing and any progress into solving this problem.

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Posted 15 September 2007 - 05:36 PM

NC Dreama,
I have not had to deal with staph. You can pick up staph in places like the hospital or the doctors office especially if they deal with casts and wound healing. I would go as far as changing your clothes after a doctor visit and washing your hands if you are prone to staph. If your immune system is down, this is another reason to be cautious.

I am glad that your doctor is helping you with this!
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Posted 15 September 2007 - 07:37 PM

Are boils Staph infections?

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Posted 15 September 2007 - 09:04 PM

Hi, N.C. Dreama!

Are you taking any drugs that lower your immune system? As Westcoast said, a lowered immune system could make you susceptible to staph and to other things. Prednisone, for instance lowers the immune system. I have been on a low dose of Prednisone for a long time and have had no problems whatever so far, but I do worry about the fact that I know it has lowered my immune system. I do lots of hand washing! I intend to take Westcoast's other piece of advice and start changing clothes after visiting hospitals or doctors' offices. Thanks, Westcoast!



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Posted 16 September 2007 - 01:16 AM

Peanut, I believe a boil is usually a regular infected hair folical or sebacious gland cyst that gets an infection. MRSA is a severe type of infection. A very painful hard to get rid infection that gets in the blood stream and has to be treated with very strong antibotics, that the doctors hope will work. I had a MRSA infection in a finger last winter while in Florida. I had a piece of a sand spur break off in my finger. I picked at it and dug at it with needles and just about everything. My finger continued to get worse and worse. I had to go to a surgeon and he had to deaden the finger and clean and dig all around to get the infection pockets out of my finger. I was on antibotics for 21 days. They wanted to make sure the infection was completely gone. Most doctors give you enough antibotic to get rid of small infection or to start the healing process. These infections are getting so strong they are trying to nip them in the bud before they get out of control and they have no way to cure them. My two cents. Not worth much but every penny counts my mama always says. Sheryl
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