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Old 05-07-2010, 08:50 AM   #1
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Unhappy MRSA on Lip

Monday night I felt I was getting a pimple below my lip so i put some Proactive on it to get rid of it. Instead, it brought it to a head by the next morning so I popped it. I kept polysporin powder and cream on it and it didn't get any worse. Another one started developing IN my lip, though, just above that one. I went to the doctor yesterday because I knew it was MRSA (I have had it a few times). The Dr. put me on 2 Bactrim twice a day to try to eradicate it so I won't have recurrences anymore. He also put me on the gel for my nose and told me to use a warm compress on my lip. The spot on my lip has not come to a head. Here are my questions:

1. Does the spot HAVE to come to a head or will the antibiotics work on it from the inside and make it disappear without it having to be drained?

2. If it doesn't come to a head and goes away without breaking the skin, will it leave a weird hard chunk in my lip?

3. The doctor said to use a warm compress, but I have looked on some MRSA-specific websites and it has clearly said NOT to use a warm compress. What is the purpose of the warm compress? Does it serve only to bring the spot to a head?

4. How long before I see a difference on Bactrim? I have taken 3 doses (6 pills) and my lip is not any smaller (2-3x normal size). In the past when I have had MRSA, I was given half the dose I have now and could see a difference after a couple of doses. I don't know if it isn't changing because it is on such a sensitive area or if the antibiotics aren't working.

Thank you in advance for your answers.

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