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Old 09-30-2004, 04:34 PM   #1
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Question Chronic Staph -- ENT or Dermatologist?

Greetings,

I'm healing up from my 4th nasal staph infection this year. My GP doesn't seem to have any answers other than Bactroban and I'm thinking a specialist might be able to help. (hopefully)

Does anyone have any imput into which of the two, ENT or Dermatologist would be more suited to this? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

 
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Old 09-30-2004, 06:17 PM   #2
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Re: Chronic Staph -- ENT or Dermatologist?

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Greetings,

I'm healing up from my 4th nasal staph infection this year. My GP doesn't seem to have any answers other than Bactroban and I'm thinking a specialist might be able to help. (hopefully)

Does anyone have any imput into which of the two, ENT or Dermatologist would be more suited to this? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
Nasal as in sinuses? Or what...

Actually, if this staph is resistant, I think you should go to an infectious disease specialist. If it's sinus infections you're talking about, see an ENT. If it's an infection on the outside of your nose, see a dermatologist.
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Old 10-01-2004, 07:28 PM   #3
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Re: Chronic Staph -- ENT or Dermatologist?

We have a friend who knows a woman who has had trouble with staph infections for years, and each time it takes her a long time to heal but now she is taking a large amount of vitamin C and the latest lesion is healing much faster. She also has a lot more energy now. I think she is taking about 20 grams a day in 3 doses. Staph infections just suck the vitamin C right out of your body because your body needs a lot of C to fight them off.

 
Old 10-02-2004, 11:30 AM   #4
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Re: Chronic Staph -- ENT or Dermatologist?

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The infections are inside the nostrils. It can involve both nostrils but the worst spot is usually the upper right nostril just inside the tip of the nose. My GP cultured it in late July and it came back as "garden variety" of staph. So apparently it isn't resistant... yet. I've had bouts with it over the years but never 4 times in a year.

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I'd suggest seeing an ENT then. Good luck!
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Old 10-08-2004, 04:02 AM   #5
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Re: Chronic Staph -- ENT or Dermatologist?

i wouldn't go taking too much vitamin C (or any other 'treatment') without consulting a doctor first. an ENT will be best.

if it's coming back as a garden variety staph then its a coagulase negative staphylococcus aureus. this is not pathogenic, ie. it won't cause an infection. it is normal skin flora and its meant to be there. if it was staph that was causing a lesion etc in your nose, then it will not be coag negative staph causing it. its in everyone's nose...

but if you're worried, go see an ENT.

 
Old 06-22-2007, 11:27 AM   #6
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Re: Chronic Staph -- ENT or Dermatologist? Follow-up

This is a follow up for anyone who has had the same problem. After 20 years or so of chronic infections in my nose I finally found someone who took an intrest in actually helping me stop this and not just handing me a tube of bactroban. I saw an ENT last year who cultured the sores, did put me on a 10 day bactroban treatment. On my return visit she told me there was no sign of any resistance and the staph in my nose was normal and in everyones nose. She also decided the 10 days of the bactroban did not heal my nose entirely so she perscribed the pharmacy to mix a spray mixture of water and bactroban and instructed me to use it twice a day, for two months. Then she asked me if I used tissue to clean my nose. Which I did, and she told me to stop and use wet cotton balls instead. Reason being is that she thought the tissue was causing abrasions in my nose and the staph was taking advantage of that. At first I thought "yeah right". But after trying everything else why not give it a shot. Bingo. Its been a year. I still use the wet cotton balls and I have not had one infection since. I'm amazed (and very happy) that something so simple did the trick and it took so long to figure it out. I wanted to post this as I know just how miserable I was for years with this. Thanks to all those that replied to my original post.

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Greetings,

I'm healing up from my 4th nasal staph infection this year. My GP doesn't seem to have any answers other than Bactroban and I'm thinking a specialist might be able to help. (hopefully)

Does anyone have any imput into which of the two, ENT or Dermatologist would be more suited to this? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

 
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