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Open Sore, Staph?????

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  • Posted By: Graupner1000
  • September 2, 2009
  • 08:43 AM

Hi,
Ok I'll start with the prologue and then see where I go from there(clears his throat):
I practice Mixed Martial Arts. For the purpose of training I came to Thailand(Phuket) for a month. I say came as that is where I currently am and have been for about one and a half weeks.
Now here’s the thing: ever since I started training here I have been getting mat burn, blisters and sores, which is nothing out of the ordinary and quite common. However one of these Sores doesn't seem to be healing and is at times quite sore (no pun intended), but it has also developed a white spot in the centre.
Earlier today my trainer noticed this and told me it was probably a Staph infection which, I am told, is nothing all too rare in this part of the world. So he sent me to the nearest pharmacy, where they gave me an antibacterial ointment (Bactroban) and a weeks worth of antibiotics (not sure what they are called as description is in Thai), along with which I am to use antibacterial shower gel and abstain from training for at least four days.

The thing is, I know that a Staph infection can get serious and go T**s up (literally) quite badly. But, to quote both the trainer and pharmacist:
"This is probably a Staph infection...", just seems a bit ambiguous. So first of all I was wondering whether this really is Staph and secondly, if it is, is the prescribe treatment sufficient and whether it would be advisable to seek professional medical advice. Although I should also point out that, should this be Staph, I am not the first person at this camp to get it and that the trainer has had experience with it.

I have just about three weeks remaining in Thailand ad would prefer if I didn't have to make use of the repatriation option offered by m travel insurance.

PS: Should anybody wish to take a closer look I have uploaded a Photo of the offending Sore and hope that maybe somebody may recognize it.

Many Thanks

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  • Nasty is all I can say. I might imagine that the coach would bar you from training until the sore heals. It needs a biopsy, probably, for accurate diagnosis. What about sex--it is syphilis-like, too, but looks like it's on your neck, so I would suspect staph, but now, if someone had an open syphilis sore, you could have caught it that way.It's close to your brain, if it's on your neck, so you don't want it traveling up. I studied martial arts in US with finest trainers--you can probably find a student here who trained with the trainers there. You could come back a sick cookie if you don't get that under control. They also have parasites/worms there. Most likely is staph from the contact. Good luck.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • September 2, 2009
    • 07:19 PM
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  • Nasty is all I can say. I might imagine that the coach would bar you from training until the sore heals. It needs a biopsy, probably, for accurate diagnosis. What about sex--it is syphilis-like, too, but looks like it's on your neck, so I would suspect staph, but now, if someone had an open syphilis sore, you could have caught it that way.I should probably have pointed out that it is my forearm. Now that you mentioned Syphilis I'll definitively look into it though nothing has happened on the sex front for long while. Thanks
    Graupner1000 2 Replies
    • September 3, 2009
    • 01:58 AM
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  • I should probably have pointed out that it is my forearm. Now that you mentioned Syphilis I'll definitively look into it though nothing has happened on the sex front for long while. Thanks Is the ointment they prescribed working? I would suggest finding a good Oriental Medical practitioner who can prescribe something called "golden yellow ointment" which is very good for this kind of sore. If you can find colloidal silver this would also be helpful, but don't know if you can find such a thing in Thailand/ With your antibiotic use you should try to find a probiotic to take or make sure you eat cultured yogurt daily. Again, don't know if you can find this. I agree there is only one way to know if it is staph or not - biopsy. If you are not noticing improvement with the sore in a weeks time, then further check up is needed. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • September 3, 2009
    • 02:13 AM
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  • Thanks for the advice;).It seems to be getting better. I did however wonder, don't sores and boils caused by Staph usually contain some sort fluid which needs to be removed???
    Graupner1000 2 Replies
    • September 4, 2009
    • 09:13 AM
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