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    Quote Originally Posted by Alleyoop View Post
    Ok, I'll have a look for a naturopath around here and see what they say. Do u know how I should have the honey? I absolutely hate honey so just eating it straight will make me throw up lol
    I ate it and I applied topically. It's actually used in burns units now as it has so many healing properties (but please don't buy the one at the supermarket) buy at health shop it will be locked up under key. It's about $80!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nh2489 View Post
    I don't know too much about human medicine but my understanding is that staph is a commensal organism meaning it lives normally on people's skin and causes no problems. The time when it becomes significant is when there is a break in the normal skin barrier causing it to invade deeper and cause infection. So my question is whether you or your Dr have investigated why you are getting the lumps as the infection is essentially secondary to the underlying issue. Obviously it sounds like you need to treat the infection but maybe you need to look into ways to stop the bacteria invading the skin, ie is the problem due to blocked hair follicles etc.
    In all honesty it took my doctor about 10 months to even test for staph! I had the first cyst appear in my armpit a few weeks after giving birth to my son and it got infected, she said just an infected cyst and sent me on my way with antibiotics which worked but then they kept coming back so it's been going back and trying to get more of an answer until a few months ago when she did the test.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lauzy View Post
    I had what they called a carbuncle on my inner thigh and ended up with a cellulitis infection with staph. Does it have redness around it? Mine did and the GP drew a line around it and I had to come back if it went past the line which it did. My GP sent me straight to the hospital with a letter. I refused surgery because the hospital didn't have any facilities for me to keep DD with me and she was only 2 weeks old at the time. The ER DR performed his own little surgery and I had to go back for several days to have my IV antibiotics and dressing changed. It went away and I've not had anything as bad since. It's awful I know and I hope you get it sorted and soon!
    It's red on the lump, not around it (I think) I have so many scars from the other ones that have gone away that it's really hard to tell. It just looks so gross! Gp has mentioned surgery to remove them but said the wait for it could be months or longer. She did say she could drain it if it didn't go away, but they seem to pop on their own, which is really painful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpicyTurtle View Post
    I had a staph infection on my knee and I never took any antibiotics, just cleaned and dressed it every day using normal saline and some paw paw ointment. It took about 2 months to heal properly. Mine was just on the surface of the skin though. If yours is underneath the skin it either needs and incision and drainage to bring out the pus and bacteria or some sort of dressing/cream to draw it out. Antibiotics alone won't just cut it and as others have said is just creating more resistance to those antibiotics. I would see another doctor or request a referral to a wound clinic. Good luck!

    Eta - I have heard Manuka honey is great for wounds but never tried it myself, certainly couldn't hurt. If they are that big and painful though I would really look into getting them incised.
    I was given a cream, bactroban? That could be completely wrong lol. Which worked the last few times but I've tried it this time and it's not helping at all. It was numbing it a bit making it more bearable and now it's just stinging when I put it on.

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    Sorry for all the separate replies! I think I answered them all 😕 sorry if I missed anything or repeated myself anywhere lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alleyoop View Post
    It's red on the lump, not around it (I think) I have so many scars from the other ones that have gone away that it's really hard to tell. It just looks so gross! Gp has mentioned surgery to remove them but said the wait for it could be months or longer. She did say she could drain it if it didn't go away, but they seem to pop on their own, which is really painful.
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    Get your GP to drain it. You will have instant relief once all the gunk comes out. Then you'll just have to dress it and keep it dry. Waterproof dressing will be easier and you can put some savlon or a different antibacterial cream on it under the dressing while it's healing. I found the silver healing bandaids quite good too. I hope you get some relief soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lauzy View Post
    Get your GP to drain it. You will have instant relief once all the gunk comes out. Then you'll just have to dress it and keep it dry. Waterproof dressing will be easier and you can put some savlon or a different antibacterial cream on it under the dressing while it's healing. I found the silver healing bandaids quite good too. I hope you get some relief soon.
    I rang to see if my gp could do it and she's not in for a few days. There is another gp there but I really don't like her so I think I'll wait until my gp is back and get her to drain it if it hasn't gone down or gone away.

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    We have had this on and off in the family for 2 years and it has been hell. A dermatologist has finally got us on the right path. Get them to swab it to see which ABs you need and ask for chorlhexadine based cream. Be vigilant with hand washing, changing towels and sheets.
    Hope you get some answers soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by acerbaby View Post
    We have had this on and off in the family for 2 years and it has been hell. A dermatologist has finally got us on the right path. Get them to swab it to see which ABs you need and ask for chorlhexadine based cream. Be vigilant with hand washing, changing towels and sheets.
    Hope you get some answers soon.
    Thank you.
    Thankfully my partner and son haven't caught it. The doctor did say it should not effect them. Should I be looking at seeing a dermatologist or stick with my gp? Will I need a referral for a dermatologist?

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    I guess it depends how good the GP is. We just found the kids went on courses of ABs and they did nothing because they weren't the right ones for the type of infection they had.
    For us the dermo has been a god send but you doctor might be on to it too?!


 

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