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merrygirl
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   Posted 12/30/2009 2:49 PM (GMT -7)   
well last night I was bathing and nosticed my abdomen was stinging. I looked when I got out and much to my horror there was a 3 inch round skin infection. I think it ruptured in the tub. It smelled so awful. I had no idea that it was there or where it came from. I have a mild fever of 99.6 which isnt bad for me.

I have been bathing every 4-6 hours for pain relief and to keep this thing clean. I have an appointment tonight at 6p eastern with my pcp who specializes in Infctious disease. I am nervous heis going to send me to the hospital. I am not easily freaked out but this has me scared that it is some kind of mrsa or something. I think mostly the smell is what has me freaked out. sorry if this is gross and TMI but I really am scared, and sore. I did not need this. I am so embarrassed as well. Its in a place I could not see too well due to being overweight. I know freaking out is not going to help but dont know what else to do while
i wait.
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nasalady
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   Posted 12/30/2009 3:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi merrygirl,

Skin infections can be pretty common when a person is overweight; so sorry it scared you! You say that there's an odor...can you tell if it smells "yeasty"? If so, it's probably a yeast infection and will respond to anti-fungal cream. If not, it may be bacterial and an antibacterial ointment would work on it.

Since you have an appointment with your doctor so soon, clearly it's best to wait and see what he says and not try to treat yourself with any over-the-counter preparations.

I hope all will be well after your visit with the doctor tonight!
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Jadensmommy
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   Posted 12/30/2009 3:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm overweight as well and I have had absesses that burst and smelled really bad! I had a big one on the under side of my upper arm once that popped and it smelled almost like skunk smell. The doctor gave me a cream to use on it and it cleared up pretty quickly though it did drain a little more over the next few days. I'm not sure this is what you have going on, but it sounded similar so I thought I would tell you what I had experienced.

Good luck at the doctor visit!
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   Posted 12/30/2009 4:08 PM (GMT -7)   
The only thing i would says is to clean the area with some hydrogen peroxide and go and see your doctor...
good luck at the doctors and keep us posted, Prayers...
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Tony McGuire
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   Posted 12/30/2009 4:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, you've probably already had your Dr appointment, but I'll go ahead anyway

My cyst was causing incredible pain, but I made it to the Dr. Dr and two nurses began working on it. one of the nurses almost immediately excused herself when the Dr punctured it.

All turned out to be a type of cysts that goes along with diabetes, and was my introduction to the wonderful world of diabetes. Since you've already had your appointment, hopefully your Dr checked for that type of thing, or there were pointers that gave him/her other pointers with which to work.

Hope to hear your results soon.

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   Posted 12/30/2009 5:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Cleaning a wound with peroxide once is fine. But, if the skin is open and raw do not continue using peroxide. It basically eats away the skin tissue causing more problems. When my brother was a teenage he ended up with a terribly infected toe and failed to mention it to our mother. It was a mess when he finally did. She immediately started cleaning it every day with peroxide and she ended up having to take him to the dr. The dr is the one that said never to use it on open raw skin because of how it will eat the exposed skin tissue away. She made his toe much worse by doing that.
 

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merrygirl
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   Posted 12/30/2009 6:05 PM (GMT -7)   
back from the doc. he said he thought it was a strep infection. He gave me an injection of rocephin IM and took a photo of it. he cultured it and is running bloodwork. I go back for a recheck tomorrow and possibly another injection. HE gave me oral clindamycin to take 4x a day.

so that s the skinny. thanks for helping me through this. It has been very stressful.

it really hurts too!

melissa
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straydog
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   Posted 12/30/2009 7:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Merrygirl, so glad you saw the dr. Ouch on the shot of Rocephen. My husband had to get those due to an infection in his legs. This big man said he felt like crying when he was given the shot. Said it hurt like the devil. Keep a close eye on things.
 

crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


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   Posted 12/30/2009 8:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Merrygirl,
so glad you go into see your doctor and that you don't need to go to the hospital...
Sure hope the antibotic helps and that your feeling a whole lot better soon...
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Thanks for your correction, yes hydrogen peroxide is a one time use thing and soap and water is always the best to cleanse a wound...I keep dial on hand for cleaning wounds...as dial is antibacterial...
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Tony McGuire
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   Posted 12/31/2009 11:47 AM (GMT -7)   
And the answer is....

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   Posted 12/31/2009 1:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Melissa,

I'm glad you were able to get in to see your doctor so quickly & that your infection is being taken care of! You're right, abscesses can really stink (thanks to the bacteria). Horses commonly get them deep in the soles of their feet & if they are really bad, or have already begun to drain, you can smell it before you see it! Nasty stuff. I hope you're feeling better!

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   Posted 12/31/2009 5:52 PM (GMT -7)   
melissa

Do be carefull with that and do be on the look-out for that type of thing. I have seen what just appears to be a small pimple on the surface of the skin, and yet have a huge abscess deep inside underneath. Allot of times these can go unnoticed so it is a good idea for all of us to check ourselves or have a spouse or partner help in checking, if you have a pimple or lesion on the skin, or have redness or an area that feels warm to the touch and is tender or you feel a lump, please get it checked out. You never know what it might be! Some abscesses can be very nasty and require draining and then frequent flushing out and packing, and that is definitely not a pleasant thing to have to have done!
Just follow your Doctors orders! Good Luck to You!

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   Posted 1/1/2010 2:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Melissa...

Did you get another injection today? How are you doing? I'm glad you were able to get in and see your doctor, and that you are getting antibiotics, etc.

Let us know how you are doing, when you can...
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merrygirl
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   Posted 1/1/2010 8:44 AM (GMT -7)   
doing pretty good infection wise. I was able to be seen yesterday and get another antibiotic injection. he said that i would have been in the hospital if he didnt have the injections in his office. so i am lucky there. the wound is much better! fading fast, thank goodness. I am just sore as can be in my body. argh
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