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MRSA/Spider bit/ Skin issues

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  • Posted By: lOOKINGFORINFO
  • March 20, 2008
  • 04:56 PM

First off, sorry this will be long. I am at a lost and looking for info.

The end of Jan I found a bruise like spot on my butt, didn't hurt or Itch. Figured was a bruise. Within weeks I ended up with hickey like spots on my lower half of my body. Don't hurt or itch. I went to a walk in clinic and they drew blood. Everything came back normal. I than went to a dermatologist. This office gave me a steriod cream to use. Did nothing. So I went to a Dr office and they did a biopsy. Results suggested a form of Rosea. Took that info back to dermatologist and they don't agree. So had a 2nd biopsy. Results should be back today.

Well, while this is going on. Sunday the 9th I thought I had been bitten by something. I waited a week to go to the doctor. The pain was just so bad and it was moving up my arm. So I went to the Dr Monday of this week. They gave me some meds, steriods and antibo. They also did a coulture. Waiting for that to come back. Arm looks better. No longer need pain meds, but the wound looks bad and infected. Lots of bright green.

So this morning I had an apt at a 2nd dermatologist for an opinion on my hickey like spots on my body, first thing out her mouth is MRSA, I showed her my "Spider bite" and she said she believes I have MRSA, and was not bitten by a spider. I also went on to tell her that I have had a runny nose since the spots showed up back in Jan. Nice pretty green and yellowish snot. Sorry if to much info. She gives me a list of meds and tells me to let her know what my culture from the wound shows. Well thats not back. They also have known giving me my Third biopsy in about a month. This time deeper and now stitches.

Same day, I go into the Dr office to have them check on my arm. I tell them the derm just told me to stop using the anitbio. That he gave me for the bite and was told to use the new ones to treat the MRSA. Well my doctor doesn't agree. Thinks its a bite and has no clue about about the spots on me.

Says will need to wait for culture, hope to have today or tomorrow. Said if MRSA, they would be putting me in the hospital.

So I am not lost as what to do. One Dr saying stop taking meds for "spiderbite" and start using for MRSA, other Dr says use meds for spider bite and don't worry about the MRSA until the coulture is back. Could be next week, but hoping today or tomorrow.

So which DR do I listen to. I called back the derma and they told me I need to make a choice. But I am not a DR. Why Can two DR's tell me two things and somehow I am the ones that needs to figure it out.

I feel so lost and annoyed.

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  • Wish i could help u.........can u not take/use both treatments ? U could check with chemist/pharamacy if its possible to take both treatments at the same time........it is worry'n. Thats doctors for ya they never agree.......also my uncle had MRSA & they sent him home they didnt want him on the ward, i suppose its maybe to do with the degree of the problem..........just dont understand it ! Hope u get an answer & the correct treatment & get better soon ! Good luck :) let us know how u get on plz !
    Tootsie 628 Replies Flag this Response
  • I'd go with the MRSA doc as the outcome of that kind of infection can be very serious. Also, who is the youngest doc? Go with that one.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies Flag this Response
  • An update. The coulture came back and I do have MRSA. Now on a few meds and hope to see it start to clear up some. The spots already seem to be fading.
    lOOKINGFORINFO 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • Good. Hope you feel better soon. You need to stay on the meds for a long time. Give the spider bite doctor ***l, I hope.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies Flag this Response
  • I had a similar "spider bite" at least thats what I thought it was. After a day it got swollen, tender, red and purple and was hot to the touch. I knew it was infected. Later that day I developed a fever and decided to call my doctor. He told me to come in right away (it was almost 6pm, so I knew it wasn't good). He took one look at it and told me it wasn't a spider bit but an abscess caused most likely by MRSA. He cut it open, drained out the puss, cleaned it and packed it with gause. He sent a culture out and sure enough it was MRSA. I had to go back every day for a week to drain the puss and clean it and repack the gause. This all hurt like h***, by the way. The culture came back positive and the antibiotics I had been on were resistant to it, so I had to switch antibiotics. Thats all that dr. did at that time and everything seemed fine, it healed and i felt fine. Then a few months later both my kids (then 1 month and 1 yr old) got abscesses. To make a long story short we spent months trying to get rid of it. It is contagious, lives in your nose and you can trasnmit it by touching your nose then touching someone else and also lives on surfaces. We kept getting reinfected and couldnt figure out why. We had to disinfect our house and put an antibiotic cream up our noses for weeks. Keep an eye on yourself and anyone you live with. If anyone gets another abscess ask for a referral to an infectious disease specialist. Thats who finally helped my family. Good luck.
    brandic77 10 Replies Flag this Response
  • First off, sorry this will be long. I am at a lost and looking for info. The end of Jan I found a bruise like spot on my butt, didn't hurt or Itch. Figured was a bruise. Within weeks I ended up with hickey like spots on my lower half of my body. Don't hurt or itch. I went to a walk in clinic and they drew blood. Everything came back normal. I than went to a dermatologist. This office gave me a steriod cream to use. Did nothing. So I went to a Dr office and they did a biopsy. Results suggested a form of Rosea. Took that info back to dermatologist and they don't agree. So had a 2nd biopsy. Results should be back today. Well, while this is going on. Sunday the 9th I thought I had been bitten by something. I waited a week to go to the doctor. The pain was just so bad and it was moving up my arm. So I went to the Dr Monday of this week. They gave me some meds, steriods and antibo. They also did a coulture. Waiting for that to come back. Arm looks better. No longer need pain meds, but the wound looks bad and infected. Lots of bright green. So this morning I had an apt at a 2nd dermatologist for an opinion on my hickey like spots on my body, first thing out her mouth is MRSA, I showed her my "Spider bite" and she said she believes I have MRSA, and was not bitten by a spider. I also went on to tell her that I have had a runny nose since the spots showed up back in Jan. Nice pretty green and yellowish snot. Sorry if to much info. She gives me a list of meds and tells me to let her know what my culture from the wound shows. Well thats not back. They also have known giving me my Third biopsy in about a month. This time deeper and now stitches. Same day, I go into the Dr office to have them check on my arm. I tell them the derm just told me to stop using the anitbio. That he gave me for the bite and was told to use the new ones to treat the MRSA. Well my doctor doesn't agree. Thinks its a bite and has no clue about about the spots on me. Says will need to wait for culture, hope to have today or tomorrow. Said if MRSA, they would be putting me in the hospital. So I am not lost as what to do. One Dr saying stop taking meds for "spiderbite" and start using for MRSA, other Dr says use meds for spider bite and don't worry about the MRSA until the coulture is back. Could be next week, but hoping today or tomorrow. So which DR do I listen to. I called back the derma and they told me I need to make a choice. But I am not a DR. Why Can two DR's tell me two things and somehow I am the ones that needs to figure it out. I feel so lost and annoyed. THIS IS SO CRAZY!!!!!! the same thing is happening to me right now and no one seems to know what they are talking about! i would love to know the final outcome....
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 28, 2009
    • 00:38 AM
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  • THIS IS SO CRAZY!!!!!! the same thing is happening to me right now and no one seems to know what they are talking about! i would love to know the final outcome....I was diagnosed with a spider bite also. But after they cut out the bite and sent it out for a culture, they realized it had been infected with MRSA. I believe I had MRSA that they misdiagnosed for a spider bite, but whatever. Don't take MRSA loosely. I spent a week in the hospital and almost needed surgery to remove a portion of my leg because the meds weren't working. Good Luck.
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