Another personal story from our forum – so many of these are just the same. If any of this rings a bell, and you haven’t been properly diagnosed, please find another doctor. And please feel free to join us in the MRSA Forum. Image from UC-SF.
It all started about 3 years ago, I started getting horrible boils on my skin. Mostly on my legs, thus the screen name, because I have lots of scars left from the infections. Most of them are about dime sized scars. I got them in other places, my arm, my chin, and twice in a place where you dont want a boil..
When I got an infection I would go to the Dr. or ER but was told it was just a boil, over, and over, normally they would give antibiotics and the boil would eventually drain on its own. In the mean time I was in agony, because the sizes of these boils were massive. Some as big around as an orange.
I have been told things from it was a spider bite to it is because I have sensitive skin and eczema so I am more prone to skin infections than the average person. This is true, I am more prone to skin infections but I had never had anything like this in my life.
One doctor even hinted it might be hygiene, which sent me home in tears. I know it was not hygiene, I am an extremely clean person, almost what you would call a germ/clean freak. I have to be because me and my oldest son have eczema, he also has allergies to dust mites and mold, so my home has to be kept clean and dust free.
Anyway I had these boils for a very long time. One would heal and another one would come. I have even had them come in the exact same spot more than once. They were huge and so painful, I would have a fever and chills, and went to the doctor over and over. I just figured it was my fate. They just kept comming back. None of the doctors ever took a culture, I had never heard of an MRSA, and had no idea what was going on with me. The funny thing is my hospital just got some high award for their service… I guess they are pretty good compared to witch doctors…. Rolling Eyes
Finally about a year ago, I got this “pimple” on my chin. It turned into a massive boil which swelled the whole bottom half of my face. My face was so swollen that my teeth were cutting into my lips. I could barely speak because my face was so swollen and tight. I went to a differnt doctor who took a culture and sent me home with some antibiotics. A day or two later they called and told me it was a MRSA and to go back to the pharmasist to get these other antibiotics. I took all of the antibiotics and so far I have been boil free for close to a year now.