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redrose77
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   Posted 6/30/2010 10:01 PM (GMT -7)   
So I was out tonight and one of my fingers was really itchy and had dead skin on it that was obvious so I scratched it a little with my front teeth (I know gross but it was the best I could do as my nails are really short) all of a sudden I find myself looking at bright yellow-green pus. so I drained the pus from the finger and picked out the dead skin I could get to without causing myself damage. Thing is I haven't experieced this kind of thing in a while and having it happen right after we finish 2 weeks worth of treatment with oral meds for a skin yeast infection I am wondering if maybe we aren't pushing my immune system too hard. The thing is I am finally noticing improvement neurologically. I see my rheumy the 9th. Any suggestions about how to break these two events to him without having all my treatment pulled? Could it all be a co-incidence and not have anything to do with my current treatment? If the pus returns how should I handle that? I don't feel like loosing a finger just because I was afraid to say anything because I am starting to see improvement on my current therapy. I know we have other options if need be. Can anyone offer help or advice?
Dx:fibromyalgia 2002, systematic lupus 2005- definate CNS involvement dxed late 2005, psoriasis 2006, rheumatoid arthritis 2006, PTSD 2007, multiple allergies 2005, migraine, compression fractures T11 & T12, Sjögren's, damaged periphrial nerves 2007, exema
Tx: plaquenil, Enbrel, Tramadol, Singulair, Skelaxin, Baby Asprin, Imuran, Prilosec, lasix, Evoxac, Celebrex, Darvocet when things get too bad, prednisone again, various vitamin/mineral supplements, cozar
"Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible." T. E. Lawrence


SmurfyShadow
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   Posted 7/2/2010 12:00 AM (GMT -7)   
You need some antibiotic cream and maybe antibiotic pills. Depending on the severity of the infection. Mupirocin, is good, however prescription only.
 
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redrose77
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   Posted 7/2/2010 9:15 AM (GMT -7)   
So far no new pus has developed and the finger seems to be healing though slowly then again this was a recent thing so saying it is healing slowly may be jumping the gun.
Dx:fibromyalgia 2002, systematic lupus 2005- definate CNS involvement dxed late 2005, psoriasis 2006, rheumatoid arthritis 2006, PTSD 2007, multiple allergies 2005, migraine, compression fractures T11 & T12, Sjögren's, damaged periphrial nerves 2007, exema
Tx: plaquenil, Enbrel, Tramadol, Singulair, Skelaxin, Baby Asprin, Imuran, Prilosec, lasix, Evoxac, Celebrex, Darvocet when things get too bad, prednisone again, various vitamin/mineral supplements, cozar
"Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible." T. E. Lawrence


suetoo
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   Posted 7/8/2010 5:21 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi! Red,

Here's what I do, I have skin infections alot, too, and my dr. explained that our immunosuppressive meds make our body's immune system take Way longer to recognize and respond with white blood cells to the foreign invader....cleaning out the pus is good. I soak the infected part two or three times a day in very warm water with abit of table or epsom salts, whichever I have. A wound can not heal in a debris filled environment, so getting out the grunk is good. I use a bleached clean washcloth to scruff the dead tissue. And, wounds heal best in a moist environment, and there are some good new types of bandaids at the drugstore that are called bioocclusive. They look like saran wrap, but allow oxygen and moisture to move through it, to speed wound healing, and stick right over the wound or wrap around a finger. If you can't get your pharmacist to find you some, hit up your dr, they use them for IVs in the hospital. Or one of the larger non sitck pad bandaids with a dab of antibiotic ointment on it. The difference between a local infection and a systemic, (all over your body) infection is a fever. So watch your temp. Fever is a good thing, a first line of defense against the infection, but it means you need professional assist asap. Currently, I have a boil to rival Tiger Wood's golf balls, and I am NOT going to tell you where! Hope yours is better soon, too

hugs, suetoo


God knows, even if I don't....
CNS Lupus 2005, APS, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis
Meds: Plaquenil, Neurontin, Thyroid, meloxicam, Aspirin, Atenolol and Norvasc, Prednisone 5mg daily. Vit. B12 2400 mcgs, Vit D 1000U and  Ambien every night.


redrose77
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   Posted 7/8/2010 5:27 AM (GMT -7)   
apparently I caught the infection very early on because nothing more has happened with this. I was just so shocked to find pus in the tip of my finger and right after being dxed with a systemic skin yeast infection. Thankfully we cleared the yeast infection out after 2 rounds of treatment. It was rather unpleasant. I feel for you with the boil, has it been drained? I know they tend not to heal until a doctor drains them.
Dx:fibromyalgia 2002, systematic lupus 2005- definate CNS involvement dxed late 2005, psoriasis 2006, rheumatoid arthritis 2006, PTSD 2007, multiple allergies 2005, migraine, compression fractures T11 & T12, Sjögren's, damaged periphrial nerves 2007, exema
Tx: plaquenil, Enbrel, Tramadol, Singulair, Skelaxin, Baby Asprin, Imuran, Prilosec, lasix, Evoxac, Celebrex, Darvocet when things get too bad, prednisone again, various vitamin/mineral supplements, cozar
"Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible." T. E. Lawrence


suetoo
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Total Posts : 395
   Posted 7/8/2010 5:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi! Red,
Oh, shush, I am just going to sit and think on it for awhile,
suetoo
God knows, even if I don't....
CNS Lupus 2005, APS, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis
Meds: Plaquenil, Neurontin, Thyroid, meloxicam, Aspirin, Atenolol and Norvasc, Prednisone 5mg daily. Vit. B12 2400 mcgs, Vit D 1000U and  Ambien every night.

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