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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I had a skin infection I received in if this year on my lower left stomach, it was cut open and drained for another month. I went through about 4 rounds of antibiotics. 2 rounds of Bactrim, Clindamycin and Septra. My culture for staph came back negative as well. With in the past week I had what looked to be another bite on the right side of my stomach two inches below my right chest muscle. I also have a little pocket of puss on my left leg, that is not as bed.
My travel history in the past year includes, 2005 I was also doing search and rescue in New Orleans which included going in the water. I was bit a spider and ended having to have it removed. There is a quarter size scar left over. During this time there was also something resistant found in the wound. A couple days, later I came back and they said is was gone. I remember him saying it had something to do with the water. Any help would be appreciated as I am now out of the military going to school. Hence no health care.
Doctor :   hello
Doctor :   i am
Doctor :   give me a min let me read your query
User :   ok
Doctor :   lets talk about your present problem
User :   Its been about 5 days
User :   I have been using black sav and antibiotic cream, i can send a picture if you like
Doctor :   sure you can
User :   I don't think I was bit by anything
Doctor :   mail it to YYYY@YYYY
Doctor :   now you have infection on your chest and also on your leg?
Doctor :   may i know your age please?
User :   yes sir, 28
Doctor :   and are you on any antibiotics at this moment >?
Doctor :   how much pus is coming from both the wounds?
User :   No I am not, a decent amount out of the one on the stomach every day, and the one on the leg, only when I get it out . I know the techniques not to push it deeper
User :   the hard pocket below the skin on the stomach is about 2 inches now
Doctor :   did both the wounds happened at the same time ?
User :   the one on the leg came a day or two after,
User :   Since I have had experiance with this in the past, I used Iodine to shower
Doctor :   thats a good thing you are doing
Doctor :   any other symptoms you are having ?
User :   no, other than it hurts like hell
Doctor :   ok i want you to do few things, that will help in healing of the wounds.
Doctor :   If you have some gauze and disinfectant at home, simply clean up with the disinfectant and apply an antiseptic lotion or cream. After that, wrap this wound with clean cotton gauze.
Doctor :   Turmeric powder, another effective method for treating infections
Doctor :   can be applied on the wound
Doctor :   Turmeric powder is both a disinfectant and an antiseptic.
Doctor :   and then you can apply a small amount of honey over your wound and cover it with gauze. Leave it on for about half an hour before removing the gauze. It is important to not keep the gauze on for a long period of time otherwise the threads tend to stick to the wound.
User :   Is that the same thing as Betadine
Doctor :   Honey contains some enzymes that help treat the wound and remove infection
User :   ok
User :   The pictures are sent by the way
User :   With you name as the subject
Doctor :   Drink a lot of water or fresh fruits juices. It helps cleanse the internal system and washes away the dirt inside the body. In turn, this helps dry the fester and cure the wound.
User :   your
Doctor :   ok i will check it right now
Doctor :   we would want to dry that pus out
Doctor :   so
Doctor :   Make garlic paste and apply on the wound and leave for few hours. One might feel the irritation or itching for a few minutes, but it helps kill bacteria. Soon you would notice that the pus has been dried which in turn will help healing the wound.
Doctor :   i want you to try these things for a 3- 5 days and i am sure you will find relief .
Doctor :   the pic has not yet reached me
Doctor :   well it can be some insect bite too as you had both the same wounds at the same time approx .
Doctor :   well do take out your mattress and put it in the sun for few hours in the morning
User :   I stay clean, i drink plenty of fluids, exercise etc....
User :   ok
Doctor :   i sure you will find relief and as soon i will get your pic i will see it and if i feel there is more need to tell you , we will send you an email
User :   ok, Thank you.
Doctor :   your most welcome .
Doctor :   just follow proper hygienic practices as you are doing
Doctor :   and it will subside
User :   Thanks again,
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