My daughter had folliculitis which turned into an abcess. Treated by Keflex, topicals, surgery, more topicals including Gentamycin, more Keflex. For the past month, she has been using wound healing ointment and her dermatologist said it looks like it is healing, but will be slow. The skin didn't appear to be infected at the time of surgery some months ago, but the wound wouldn't close - so the dermatologist removed what remained of a burst abcess and scar tissue. (Previously, in the summer, she had taken Keflex for the folliculitis.)
After surgery, and two weeks after she went off LDN she got very sick with a cold, then in another month, a crohn's flare developed. So she took the highest recommended dose of Entocort to control the flare. Within a week of starting the Entocort the skin infection made a comeback - I believe her weakened immune system (due to Crohn's, a virus, and Entocort) paved the way for the resurgence of the skin infection. I found out steroids not only weaken the immune system, but also interfere with certain key stages in wound healing.
They cultured the skin infection and said it was pseudomonas aeruginosa - one of the really bad bugs. They suggested Cipro and she said no thanks because Cipro gave her nearly 104 degree Fahrenheit fever when she was hospitalized in 2006. So then they suggested topical Gentamycin - it, and then another round of Keflex got the wound to close again. Then she started the wound healing cream (antibacterials can interfere with wound healing, because they are toxic to the skin healing process as well as to the bacteria, and don't allow the wound to "breathe" - it needs oxygen). Am keeping my fingers crossed that it continues healing.
Oh well, am not surprised - there's plenty of evidence showing Crohn's patients have a propensity for slow/inefficient wound healing - toss in a flare, a recent viral illness, and steroids, and you have a perfect storm of an opportunity for bugs to have their way.
While frantically looking for safer alternatives than some of the toxic antibiotics they were considering, I was surprised to find the research about medical grade honey. It's really incredible something so safe can also be so effective!!! Thanks for the tip about Jellybush - assuming my daughter's health holds up, we'll be in Aussie land next week!