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Reoccurring staph infection. Cause and cure? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 19-Mar-2013
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User:I have staph infection from last six's reoccurring every months...
User:I took some antibiotics for it..but I guess it,s works for couple of weeks and later it reapeears
Doctor:may i know which part do u have the infection ?
User:It was in left armpit
Doctor:do u have any absess or pus collection ?
User:Now one small in right armpit
Doctor:do u happen to have a oily skin ? and sweat excessively ?
User:Now thr is no pus was thr six month
User:Sweat a lot..six month back done pus culture
Doctor:do use use any anti perspirant duoderant ?
User:So do I need surgery to get rid of it?
User:No I don't use duo ,nowadays...
Doctor:there is no need for any surgery, if there is no abscess or enlarged infected tissue present
Doctor:you should always use a good antiperspirant, , so that excess sweat is not collected
Doctor:excess sweat collection, can result in bacterial over growth
Doctor:such overgrowth can cause repeated infections , as u are having now
User:Oh I got ....
Doctor:the other cause , can be presence of a chronic infection inside the arm glands
Doctor:so , that should be ruled out by your doctor
User:Oh ok...dermatologist???
Doctor:whom were u consulting till date ?
User:Dr XXXXX in cmh XXXXXXX
Doctor:Is she a General physician or a surgeon ?
Doctor:what has she diagnosed so far ? and has she mentioned any presence of inner infection ?
User:She asked me to do pus culture n from that she ask me take antiboitics cipla is tablet name
User:Is thr any test to find inner infection?
User:Or doctors can decide by seeing infection?
Doctor:no, that can be done by a physical examination
User:Oh ok....
Doctor:if there is any thickness in the skin, any pain on pressure on the site, redness, etc , indicates a persisting infection
User:Earlier it was only small boil will come
Doctor:for the time being , clean the area with Savlon OR dettol
Doctor:and you can consult your doctor, and get a better antibiotic
User:Ok...sure thanks a lot...
User:Good night doctor!!!!!
Doctor:once the healing is complete, to prevent recurrence keep the area clean and use dettol or Savlon again
Doctor:if u shave your underarms, use new razors
Doctor:and use savlon again, after shaving
Doctor:this will disinfect the skin , and prevent skin infections
Doctor:hope u followed my suggestions
User:Yeah...will help lot...thank you again sir
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