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Cellulitis/MRSA
Started by Daniel B. Wheeler
Posted: February 19, 2007 at 18:16
Was recently dignosed with cellulitis. Diagnosed in emergency room, where I alerted any/all that I had been treated 5 months before for MRSA. Was given intravenous vancomycin, given high salt IV, and bactroban. Sequestered myself after MD said I was contagious, and missed 5 days of work. Leg from ankle to groin became bright cherry red, swollen, with hard, itchy and painful areas under skin. ER MD said he wanted a CAT scan, which I refused. My GP following day suggested an ultrasound, which I immediately had. Showed the lumps to be swollen lymph nodes. Given prescription of SMZ/TMP DS 800-160 got another 10 days. Lymph nodes no longer swollen, redness gone, still feel weak but getting more normal.

I checked my American Medical Association Family Medical Guide under cellulitis, and found it is typically caused by one of 2 different infections: either Staphyllococcus or Streptococcus. Blood test was done by hospital, but results not made available to me. Feel I'm being kept in the dark.

Daniel B. Wheeler
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Reply #1 by LindaA
Posted: February 19, 2007 at 20:23
Daniel,
I too was initially diagnosed with cellulitus. It developed at an incision site only 1/2 in long that was not stitched, only steri strips used. This was on myleft side and they lanced (or reopened the 1/2 in cut) and drained over 1 cup of liquid from the site. I was not told it was MRSA until 2 months later after being given 1 month of clindamycin and 1 month avelox, plus cipro and keflex. Doctors seem to deliberately forget to inform you of a MRSA infection. And then when they do tell you, they explain nothing to you. I got no answers until I went back to my regular GP and he set up an appt with an infectious desease doctor. I was fortunate to get an excellent ID doc and he was very thurough and answered all questions. He even called me at home, himself after hour so he could speak to me personally.
Legally, hospitals cannot keep reports and test results from you, so I would go and demand a copy of all test results, etc to be turned over to you ASAP. I would also advise you to get yourself an infectious desease doctor. They are the only Drs that seem to have the knowledge to treat MRSA successfully. Get your test results. It's your legal right, and go from there. Best of luck to you.
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Reply #2 by Daniel B. Wheeler
Posted: February 23, 2007 at 06:41
Thanks Linda. I have to go back to the hospital anyway in order to give my complete insurance information. Still haven't received a bill for the last ER visit. Still haven't heard results from the blood test.

My MD is fairly knowledgeable about MRSA: I was pleasantly surprised. Passed on a lot of info without trying to be stuffy about it. Got a gallon of Hebeclens the first day home, and have been keeping scrupulously clean. Cellulitis may be starting again, but at least now I have an idea of what to look for. Seems to start, at least with me, with an intense itching sensation. Redness in affected area also seems to bring blood vessels closer to the surface, making scratches far more likely. Have been learning to rub itchy areas instead of scratching at them, which (duh) makes them even worse.

MD has also suggested the possibility of an infectious disease MD. Of course, ER MD also suggested a CAT scan. Maybe I'm lucky. Or, just maybe, I know my body better than some of the MD's do.

Daniel B. Wheeler
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Reply #3 by LindaA
Posted: February 23, 2007 at 15:02
Daniel
Just a helpful hint for the intense itching. Use tea tree oil as a base (1-2 tbls) and add 1/2-1tsp each of peppermint, euchalyptus, and lavender. LThis usually relieves the itching almost immediately.
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Reply #4 by L.A
Posted: June 22, 2007 at 06:50
Anyone wishing to start something against the medical establishment, and want to make some noise! Please contact me at momsfun47@aol.com I am looking for only serious inquiries. I have my own horror show with MRSA & cellulitis! I think it is about time we stand up! Congress & all those bozo's in Washington need to hear us and make the needed changes so we can sue the most corrupt establishment, our Medical Association! Who are behind making and keeping us sick!! All for their greed and profit!! I will take alot of people to stand up and get their attention!!
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Reply #5 by Becca
Posted: June 22, 2007 at 11:44
they told me in the hospital that i had MRSA then another doctor said i had Cellulitis..im sure i sound really dumb but are they the same thing?

and i totally agree about the medical establishment, even though i have a wonderful family doctor who is beyond nice and helpful, his willingness to constantly call in different antibiotics for me sight unseen has made my body immune to everything theyve tried so far. only the IV drugs seemed to work. i went into the doctor with a huge oozing sore on my toe, my foot filled with fluid and all my toes so swollen i almost lost a few (of course i only found this out today...2 weeks later)and all the doctor did was look at it and give me steroids, which he told me yesterday most likely made things worse. im sorry if my post is really long! im only 16, and although i have been rather sickly this past year, i have never had any blisters or skin infections and i had never even heard of MRSA until the ambulance workers started talking to eachother about why no one would go near me =(
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Reply #6 by adrian Barrera
Posted: April 6, 2011 at 02:31
can i sue my oral surgeon if i got cellulitis after i gotten my wisdom teeth pulled from my oral surgeon
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Reply #7 by GG
Posted: December 16, 2011 at 16:34
i have a history of MRSA--now i have oral cellulitis---so,did i give
myself oral cellulitis because i had my fingers in my mouth/fever
blister?---please let me know!-thanks!!
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Reply #8 by Annie
Posted: December 21, 2011 at 03:02
I had an abcess drained and cultured on 12/15 in the office at my ob/gyne. i was prescribed 500 mg of keflex 4 times a day. by the morning of 12/17 my lower legs just above my ankles were hot and red with infection. when i called the after hours number, i was advised to stop the antibiotic and wait until they get the results from the culture before they proceed. to make a long story short, you definitely have to be your own advocate. i called family doc the same day and let him know what was going on. he said i definitley needed to be on an antibiotic and prescribed rifampin and doxycycline 2x a day for 2 weeks. i had the same scenario three years ago, and i was on meds for nearly 10 weeks. is it possible to have a staph infection that takes so long to treat, possibly be MRSA?
the ob/gyne office called me back three days later to say that the culture was positive for staph, and wanted to know how i was doing. this nurse didn't even know that i was advised to stop the antibiotic. the whole deal is very frustrating!!!!!!
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Reply #9 by jennifer mcdougall
Posted: March 29, 2012 at 02:48
i am finally getting out of the woods with this forsaken disease!! wow it sure takes a lot out of you!! but i did learn that manuka honey on the wound will heal faster and safer. if i ever get this again i will definetly get some and try it!!

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