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ulcerated flea bites?(long)

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  • Posted By: natrlvr2
  • November 2, 2008
  • 11:56 AM

I think I posted here before but not sure.(can't find it if I did) I went to the Dr. the first time on 9/18 for red sores on my legs that would not heal.I also had huge lumps under my skin on my arms(these never became unlcerated but did turn bright red and hot at one time).
I have continually been to multiple Drs.(even a wound care clinic while waiting for my dermatologist appt. this Tuesday,such a long wait) The sores on my legs turned into pustules and as the days went on,they became ulcerated. No matter what the Drs. did or gave me,NOTHING helped and I continually got worse.(I know these are flea bites as I saw the tiny black bugs and took them to vet and he said they were fleas,my Dr. had NO clue what they were,sheesh!)
The thing is, no fever/no itching. Blood test showed low RBC and high WBC.I had 2 samples taken and both came back negative for bacterial infection.(it looked like MRSA right away but was negative)
Fast forward to wound care clinic.They cleaned out the sores and the worst one is 2 inches deep into my leg and the other is 2 inches deep but then runs 4 inches along under my skin.OUCH!
She did take another sample after she cleaned out all the dead skin/pus.
The results will be sent to my derm. dr. on Tuesday.
I have been on constant multiple antibiotics since Sept.
I do have other issues(as I am disabled from chronic pain).I have immune problems.(ulcerative colitis, fibromyalgia,osteoarthritis,herpes 1/cold sores that I take a daily Valtrex for)
No matter what they do for me,nothing is working.
Any ideas? The dermatyologist is my last hope. I wished I could have got into see him in the first place but I had to wait for an appt. and now the damge has been done. I am worried I will now need surgery.(I was worried it was that fleash eating disease but tests were negative)
HELP!

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  • You probably are ultra-allergic to the bites, or perhaps because of medications you may be taking to help your autoimmune problems you're more sensitive. Or even it's just because your autoimmunity mounts an attack on your own tissues... No telling. Ask them to look at Pyoderma Gangrenosum, which can be associated with flea bites. This quote is from the artcle below: "The ulcers were believed to be secondary to multiple flea bites." Pyoderma Gangrenosum and Leg Ulcers Associated With Vasculitis: Importance of Addressing the Underlying Disease Process When Treating Inflammatory Wounds. CHALLENGES IN PRACTICE Journal of Wound, Ostomy & Continence Nursing. 33(1):80-81, January/February 2006.
    aquila 1263 Replies
    • November 3, 2008
    • 08:20 PM
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  • could be typhoid; http://books.google.com/books?id=o_4SAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA789&lpg=PA789&dq=fleas+bites+and+typhoid&source=web&ots=BtiHEKbO_D&sig=vb-i7D6UfL0Shdq2u4fOWh79hKI&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=9&ct=result I would see an infectious disease specialist.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • November 4, 2008
    • 01:22 AM
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  • MonsterThe original poster wrote that she had found fleas and a vet had identified them.The original bites then became infected with a bacterium that caused some form of necrotising faciitis or possibly there was a hyper allergic response.She does not mention any other symptoms that resembles typhoid except for the spots that look like flea bites.Do not scare people for no reason.Still it makes a change from Herpes.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 4, 2008
    • 03:09 PM
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