Antibiotics help

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Hi guys,


My daughters scleroderma is worse on her left foot and it would appear she has an infection in it..... Does anyone know how antibiotics work on someone who has systemic sclerosis? As it's Saturday there are no doctors available only the local A&E, but the affected area is roasting and pulsing; she is in quite a lot of pain. She wraps her foot and leg up every night in her dermalogical cream and bandages so I told her to leave it bare last night to see if it helps but it didn't.. any advice anyone... we have also tried antiseptic cream.


Thank you


Louise Rawlings for Cheryl Grant

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Hi Louise,


I'm very sorry to hear about your daughter's infected foot; it does sound very painful for her. I've taken antibiotics for any infections I've had since I've had Scleroderma (my consultant insists on it! ;)) and have not suffered any ill effects from taking them for a short while. It does sound as if your daughter's foot could be infected (I'm not a doctor, though!) I realise that the local A&E is not the best place to be on a Saturday night amongst all the vomiting drunks; however, the infection in her foot could potentially become quite serious, so it may be that you will have to make a trip down there anyway or perhaps you could get her to see an on call locum doctor? Certainly I would make an urgent appointment to see your own doctor on Monday morning.


I've found a thread for you on Antibiotic use and General Illness which I hope will give you some more information.


I do hope that your daughter can get to see her doctor as soon as she can and that her foot then improves.


Kind regards,

Jo Frowde

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Hi Louise,


I guess by the time you read this you will have done something to help Cheryl's foot, considering it is night time now where you are!! Anyway, I just wanted to say that I have been on antibiotics many times to deal with things which come along in the way of infections and never has there ever been any suggestion that it is not the right thing to do. On the contrary it is important to keep infections, or threatened infections at bay to avoid further complications which we just don't need.


Just because we have Sclero doesn't mean that we can't have the same problems as other people do. All sorts of unrelated illnesses can come along and need to be treated in the usual way.


I hope she will start to feel some relief soon.

Best Wishes


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Hello Louise


The medical advice I was given was that if someone is on immunosuppressants and they require antibiotics, they stop the immunosuppressants during the course of antibiotics, ths is so that the body can also fight the infection, and once the antibiotic course is over it's back onto the immunosuppressants. You will want to ask her scleroderma expert if she is given antibiotics because the general doctor may not know.


Who told Cheryl to wrap her foot and leg after applying the cream? I have never heard of foot/legs being wrapped unless they're open or weeping. If she's not been instructed to do this by a doctor/nurse I would stop doing it.


If your daughter's foot is that bad and painful maybe get her down to A&E straight away? It could be anything wrong with her foot from infection to a blood clot and we've no idea what it is, it might not even be scleroderma related.


Please let us know what happens and take care.

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