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Constant Staph Infections

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  • Posted By: Serendi3
  • July 31, 2008
  • 06:16 PM

I get constant staph infections from shaving. Being a 24/f and not being able to shave is beyond embarrassing. I would love to be able to wear shorts and tank tops again - maybe even one day be able to wear a bath suit and actually be able to swim again... which I haven't done since high school. I started getting staph infections around puberty. My father and brother also suffer from constant staph infections.

I've tried everything except for lazer hair removal, which insurance won't approve and I can't afford. My PCP as well as my dermatologist have tried everything. Waxing, electric shavers, hair removal creams, creams for after shaving and more antibiotics then one should ever have to take but nothing seems to work.

I also get large and painful cysts under my arms and occasionally on the backs of my legs, which I am told are hair follicle infections related to my constant staph infections.

I've been hospitalized twice in the last five years due to staph infections moving into my bloodstream.

I'm fed up and beyond frustrated... what can I do???

Thanks in advance!

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  • What you are describing sounds like a condition called Hydradenitis Suppurativa. It sounds like you are a carrier of Staph too. Has your doctor ever mentioned this to you? Please keep us posted.
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  • Oh my lord, that is exactly what I have. I have every symptom. Yes I do carry staph and no my doctor has never mentioned this to me. Thank you so much! I will have to mention it to my doctor at my next visit.
    Serendi3 2 Replies
    • August 13, 2008
    • 06:17 PM
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  • Oh my lord, that is exactly what I have. I have every symptom. Yes I do carry staph and no my doctor has never mentioned this to me. Thank you so much! I will have to mention it to my doctor at my next visit. Make sure you call around and find a derm who is familiar with HS. There are HS forums online, they have a lot of great information on them. There are things that work for people that they discuss in the forums, I'm not sure we can discuss other forums here. Is it possible to send a message on this website? If so, please send me a message and I will send you the list of links I have. I had a cyst under my arm and HS was one of the things they thought I had, so I have done lots of research. They say HS is rare, but I think it is simply underdiagnosed. Best of luck to you.
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    • August 14, 2008
    • 02:45 AM
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  • The response from the "Former nurse" really scares me...First, staph does NOT cause pneumonia or sore throats (strep does...strep throat)! For the most part, you have nothing to worry about. Staph is a micro organism that lives on our body at all times. It is possible that it can infect us on occasion; for that reason, staph is called an "opportunistic invader" (it will infect us if the opportunity arises). For example, if we have a breach on our skin such as a cut, or if our immune system is down because we are stressed out or if we have an immune problem such as AIDS...this would be the perfect time for Staph to infect us. This is why we put antibiotic ointment on our skin when we get a little cut--we are trying to prevent a staph infection. To be safe, it would be a good idea to wash your hands between touching your niece and your children. Now, there are currently thirty-one species of staph...some are more contagious than others...so be careful! Also, impetigo can be caused by staph, but is more commonly caused by strep Type A. Strep tends to be a bit more contagious. If your niece has this, take extra steps to limit contact. Best of Luck!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 14, 2008
    • 05:08 PM
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  • My daughter was being treated for a staph infection. After bottles and bottles of antiboitics, I finally got a diagnosis of "MRSA". It's a staph resistant to regular antibiotics. Just wanted you see if you might need to be tested. It's very serious.Good luck.
    jagar100 5 Replies
    • August 23, 2008
    • 02:48 AM
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