If you are not seeing an infectious disease physician, by all means consult and meet with an infectious disease physician before agreeing to surgery.
Purchase Hibiclens (antibacterial soap) and use this when washing your face and in the shower. This should begin to decrease the fungus load.
Keep your hands away from your face. Be mindful of not touching your nose and your eyes during the day - it is second nature that we reach up and touch our scalp, fuss with our hair, touch our nose. Keeping your hands away from your face, nose, and eyes will be more helpful than you may think.
Keep hand sanitizer available. Wash your hands frequently throughtout the day - be thorough, spend at least 1 minute lathering with running soap and water. Be careful not to let water drip down your forearm and elbow after washing your hands - that runs the possibility of bacterial and fungus running down your forearm to the elbow. Grab a paper towel and dry your hands/arms after hand washing.
Wash your pillow cases every day or every other day.
Start using paper towels judiciously. Use them in the kitchen and bathroom. Toss away after a single use. I am a big user of paper towels since my MRSA infection.
Toss away your kitchen sponge and use a small washable kitchen cloth when cleaning dish ware. Wash towels with increased frequency. Fugus and bacteria linger on towels and sponges.
I do not think that your fungal infection is contagious in the sense that you can directly pass it to someone else. You are not inherently contagious. We all have MRSA and fungus and bacteria in your sinuses and intestinal tracts. For whatever reason, fungal inhabitants have over-populated and your body is not able to rally with an effective counter-offensive. Your fungal problem is more a problem with your body's lack of sufficient immune response and less a problem of being contagious.
That I acquired the virulent MRSA was owing more that I was already immunosuppressed. An otherwise health person would not have been as overwhelmed by the exposure as I was.
Bottom Line: Do get a referral to a competent infectious disease physician. Looking into your body's immune response will be essential in clearing this assault.
I can understand your fatigue with an ongoing infection. The MRSA infection was a low period of my life. I would look in the mirror in the morning, frozen in fear and anxiety of finding another lesion on my
face. It was a long year. With the help of a good infectious disease MD, I made it through.
The good news is that once my body was able to assault the MRSA and get the bacterial load down, I was on my way to wellbeing. I have not experienced a recurrence although I know that I have residual MRSA and always will. I am very mindful of supporting my immune system, especially since I am on life-long corticosteroids.
My sense is that you need a physician who can look at the totality of the pseudomonois colonization and your body's immune response. Surgery will not give you a long-term solution until the underlying reason for the colonization is identified.
- Karen -
Pituitary failure, wide-spread endocrine dysfunction
Mixed connective tissue disorder
Extensive intestinal perforation with sepsis, permanent ileostomy
Avascular necrosis of both hips and jaw
Receiving Palliative Care (care and comfort)
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