staph infection, retaining water, skin weeping
I spent 7 hours at our local ER with my aunt last night and am seeking some input on her condition from anyone of you who may have experienced something similar. Two years ago she had a massive staph infection and was inpatient for two weeks and required weeks of at-home care with a wound nurse until she finally recovered. My aunt is very overweight and her mobility is limited, so it was a struggle for her to regain her strength. Within the past year, she developed a dry, scaly patch of skin along one of her shins. It didn't change much over time or bother her, so she just kept it moisturized with lotion, and I don't think she ever mentioned it to her primary care physician. Yesterday she woke up and felt dampness behind the leg with the dry patch and when my sister and I went over that evening to take a look, she saw what looked like a small blister that was draining clear fluid that did not have any odor. The back of this leg does not have any dry patches, just the front - but the front with the dry patch was starting to develop some small blisters as well, so we took her to the hospital, fearing the staph had returned. The site on the back of her leg continued to drain all day and all night, the nurse called it weeping and said it was due to the fluid retention. They said it wasn't staph but might be a sign of congestive heart failure, so they drew blood, did an ekg and took chest x-rays, which did show a little bit of fluid, but all the other test results were normal and the doctor didn't feel that was the cause, either. So they started her lasix (sp?) at the ER and sent her home to do a three-day run of lasix and then see her primary physician for a follow-up. The doctor said sometimes people just retain the water, but that it has to be resolved, and I'm sure her weight and lack of mobility could play a role in this. I'm just wondering if anyone else has experienced these symptoms and what their treatment/outcome was.