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How can one confirm the presence of impetigo?

I have had 5 boils each appeared at different times since 20 yrs old, I am now 28. The first one appeared a year after my 104 degree fever bronchitis/namonia... first on my left buttocks... after it bursted it healed... then another appears above it on the right side of my waist on the back... it too bursted and healed... then another appeared on my left forearm... it too bursted and healed... then I got one on my left check... i expirence my lower check/chin line swell up like a baseball... it was the first time i was treated with antibotics this time after going to the hospital er... two days later it finally bursted... it too healed... months later a boil formed above my left eye also with fever... it too bursted and healed... i now have an infection on my face that appears like impetigo and i am currently treating it with antibotics... no boils this time but during a short lived fever a lymph node on the front right side of neck the size of a pea... my infection is going away but this painless pea sized ball is still like so. Some kind of blood cancer runs in my family, my grandfather had one form and his sister, my aunt who had passed from it after fighting it with treatment... i also just learned that their father, my great grandfather had passed from a cancer of the blood... when I went in for a blood test at the er, they said I had a high white blood cell count, but I just assumed my skin infection/impetigo was to blame... are these symptoms of a blood cancer or lymph nodes, I m also have a poor appetite, lack energy when I used to run 3-6 miles 3 times a week, I am losing a lot of weight... average was 105 now I m 95lbs... and i don t work out as much.
Tue, 25 Oct 2016
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Hi, welcome to HCM, You do have impetigo. Rest of your symptoms are also due to that.Most common cause is Diabetes. But in some of my patients it has been due to deranged liver functions. Please check both and if blood sugar is normal, a course of liver supplements and B Complex with vitamin and C for six months does help. regards
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