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Husband with hx of MRSA now with skin lesions

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  • Posted By: prussruss12
  • June 9, 2009
  • 06:18 PM

My husband has had MRSA from a spider bite over 4 years ago (always attacks or re-presents in the right leg)..he works construction, and presently is on a run of Amoxicillin 500mg TID, HOWEVER, a day or two after he started the amoxicillin, the following lesions appeared, some weeping clear or white tinged dischage..anything else he can do? (the pics I took of his lesions before he went back to work today), he is afebrile, no other medical hx, no meds, he uses topical anti infectives, peroxide, triple anitbiotic, telfa, etc...both legs from the knee down are swollen +3 edematous, right leg where all the lesions are (4 total is various states of healing, no weeping now)...what can he do?..Limited medical insurance, therefore last month he was borderline septic, (temp 103+), and the leg was swelling, etc..went to ER they gave him 3 rounds of IV atibiotics, he signed out AMA but they were going to at least give him a month's worth of Tetracycline..but like an ***k he didn't pick up that script...what can he do, if anything regarding these new lesions,should he be concerned,any opinions would be great and please refer to the pics all from his right knee, right calf,right outer aspect of his ankle, thank you much!!

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  • If someone gave him Amox., then they suspect a bacterial infection, and certainly your pics show lesions that could be consistent with that. Since the most common reason by far for bacterial infections in the skin is staph, one should treat for that. Why then, if he has already had a history of MRSA, would he be on Amox.? If he has drug-resistant staph, then he is resistant to Amox.. The great majority of MRSA is also resistant to tetracycline too, so unless someone at the ER did a culture to assess this, the addition of tetracycl. would be as useless as the Amox.. Most cases of MRSA will still be sensitive to Bactrim/Septra/TMP-SMX. Unless he is allergic to a sulfa drug, he should be on this medication unless a culture has ruled it out.
    Caladan 87 Replies Flag this Response
  • I agree with Caladan. I would like to point out that vancomycin is also a proven treatment for MRSA. He needs to seek treatment. MRSA is a very serious condition. He needs to take medication.
    Harmonium 322 Replies Flag this Response
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