Re: Mssa or Mrsa misdiagnosed?
I've been diagnosed with MRSA? and folliculitis. I have a co-worker who had MRSA (even though it was a different form) and he explained to me that he had to take his antibiotics for 6 months to fully get rid of it. He had read this in an article online. He has been MRSA free for years now. I'm am going through it right now. I've had it for approximately 5 months. I had gotten bit by a spider (I believe) and my foot swelled up and the bite was purple around the center. I went to the hospital. They drained the pus and cultured the wound. It came back negative. A week later I noticed a pimple just underneath the bite. I thought it was a mosquito bite and itched it. It popped and pus came out. Then it popped again a couple days later as it was getting larger. It became an open wound. For a month or two, I was putting neosporin on it with a bandaid. It wasn't healing by itself or with the neosporin, Then I got another one on my arm. The same thing happened there, too. Then I started getting multiple bumps on my hand. It was spreading and I didn't know what to do. So I went to the E.R. I was diagnosed with MRSA by the doctor. The doctor didn't do any tests and prescribed me Bactrim and mupirocin ointment. About two days after I started taking it, I was getting green puss bumps everywhere I had dry skin from my echsema (on my elbows, scalp, eyebrows, the bridges of my nose, chin, etc...) I then went to a dermatologist after 4 days and he told me I was allergic to the Bactrim. Besides the green pus bumps, I had many more red bumps all over my body than when I went to the E.R. 4 days earlier. The dermatologist gave me an anti-fungal pill and a shot of an antibiotic mixed with a steroid (kenalog mixed with something else-I forget the name.) 2 days later the green puss was gone but the red bumps was still all over my body. He cultured 2 of the bumps that I had and it came back as a Staph infection but he kept on saying that it was folliculitis, not MRSA. He also did 2 biopsies which came back as irritated skin. I also took blood tests which came back fine. He has precsribed me all kinds of medicines including stromectol (which worked to get rid of alot of the bumps but not all.) At my job, I wash dishes and now twice I've gotten these bumps all over my hands (itchy rashes) when I wash my hands with regular dishsoap that's not anti-bacterial when I have a cut or open wound. So now I wear cotton gloves under vinyl gloves to protect my hands. This dermatologist also prescribed me traimcinolone acetonide cream 0.1% which I use to this day. This cream is a life saver. It keeps these bumps from turning into open rashes and wounds. It takes 1-3 weeks for the bumps to go away while putting it on all my bumps twice a day. Anyway, I still noticed bumps on my body and went for a second opinion with another dermatologist. He said I had seborrheic dermatitis on my hands which is the worst form of echsema and prescribed me prednisone and claritin. That just gave me more bumps on my body and a headache after a couple of weeks of taking it. But when I cut myself, the bumps weren't spreading from them. I went back to him and told him I had been diagnosed with folliculitis before and I knew I had a fungus before that. So I figured maybe I had pityrosporum folliculitis. He prescribed me an anti-fungal pill for 7 days. I got thru 2 days of this and any cut that I had on my body, the bumps started spreading from again. I had it on my hands once again except worse this time. I went back to the second dermatologist and again he said seborrheic dermatitis on my hands. He gave me nothing this time. That's the last time I'm ever going to him. I went back to the first dermatologist that helped me alot. He took one look at me and sent me to the University of Miami dermatologist because he can't figure out what's going on with me. So I went to the University of Miami dermatologist and again I'm told I have folliculitis and hand dermatitis but not MRSA. They give me an over the counter soap and cream. This unscented dove soap made my bumps spread way more than before. I call them the other day and the doctor said I may have MRSA and prescribed me Doxycycline Hyclide. I've been taking it for a day and a half. I don't know if it's working or not yet. I hope this works. If it does, I plan on taking it for 6 months like my co-worker was saying to fully get rid of this crap. I'm so mentally drained and tired of going to doctors. I've been to 6 doctors since the first supposed spider bite in October, 2010. If anyone else has any good info for me, please share. But remember, to fully get rid of MRSA, take the antibiotic for 6 months to keep it away or it may come back. I'm still trying to figure out what's going to work for me, but when I do, I will try to take that antibiotic for 6 months, too.