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Medical Advise - Is This A Staph Infection?  
User currently offlineual747den From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2392 posts, RR: 11
Posted (1 year 3 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3010 times:

A little more than a week ago I got a very small cut on my finger. It seemed like no big deal until the past 3 days when it started to look like this. So my question is if anyone here knows if this looks like a staph infection?





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User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8685 posts, RR: 43
Reply 1, posted (1 year 3 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2992 times:

The five signs of an inflammation are:

Rubor, Tumor, Calor, Dolor, Functio laesa
Redness, Swelling, Heat, Pain, Loss of function

It's definitely red and definitely swollen; the remaining three signs are, of course, impossible to see in a photo. Since you say that the cause is a cut on your finger, which is constantly exposed to all sorts of pathogens, chances are that it has indeed become infected. See a doctor as soon as you can; not because it's necessarily dangerous, but because it will limit your discomfort.

Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor.



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User currently offlinefr8mech From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 5351 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (1 year 3 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2967 times:

I, also, am not a medical doctor (nor any other kind of doctor), but I've had plenty of experience with all kinds of wounds.

If the wound looks like that after "a little more than a week", you have a problem. Yes, it is an infection. Is it a Staph Infection? I don't know, but I don't think so.

How have you been treating this? Did you just clean it up and leave it uncovered? By the way, what was the mechanism of injury?

Did you use a topical antibiotic (Neosporin, Polysporin, etc)?

Is it painful? It looks like it may be.

Is it draining?

Loss of function? Hard to tell with a finger tip...how about loss of sensation?



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User currently offlineCaliAtenza From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 1555 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 3 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2862 times:

I see swelling and redness there for sure. I dont see any draining pus or a pus collection there though. I cant say for certain if it is a staph infection without blood cultures or a swab from the wound site, etc. My main concern always with cuts and wounds is Tetanus, but you dont have that (if you did you wouldnt be posting on here....). I would get down to the hospital right away and get it checked out. More than likely its a localized infection. Are you having pain in the area or a fever?

User currently onlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39693 posts, RR: 75
Reply 4, posted (1 year 3 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2852 times:

Quoting ual747den (Thread starter):

Where have you been sticking your finger?

It's ok, you can tell us.



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User currently offlinetype-rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 4945 posts, RR: 19
Reply 5, posted (1 year 3 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2843 times:

A staph infection can be determined by sending a small specimen of the liquid within the wound to a lab. And remember staph can go systematic. It kinda looks more like a burn and a cut combined.

I wouldn't be screwing around with this hoping to get an answer on a.net. I'd be in a doctors office having it looked at. You may need anti-biotics to cure it. Or at least soak it in some warm water, dry and apply an anti-biotic cream such as Neosporin on it.



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User currently onlineWestJet747 From Canada, joined Aug 2011, 1830 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (1 year 3 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2796 times:

If you are concerned enough to seek an opinion on A-net, you should be going to the doctor. Go to the clinic or make an appointment with your GP as soon as possible.

Don't try to "tough it out", that rarely works to anyone's benefit in the end. Better safe than sorry.



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User currently offlineAF1624 From France, joined Jul 2006, 654 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 3 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2780 times:

This looks like a burn/cut and burns have a tendency to infect rather quickly.

Go see a doctor.



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User currently offlineual747den From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2392 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (1 year 3 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2730 times:

Some of you have talked about a sample going to a lab but that says to me someone is going to try to poke me with a needle..... I don't do needles! Seriously don't do them at all! There is no burn with it but that is exactly how it looks. Now I'm even more worried about the doctor ill catch an assault charge if that man approaches me with a needle!


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User currently offlineStabilator From United States of America, joined Nov 2010, 695 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 3 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2727 times:

Quoting ual747den (Reply 8):
I don't do needles! Seriously don't do them at all!

Odd, isn't that a tattoo on your lower bicep?



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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20394 posts, RR: 62
Reply 10, posted (1 year 3 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2720 times:

Quoting ual747den (Reply 8):
Now I'm even more worried about the doctor ill catch an assault charge if that man approaches me with a needle!

Call your doctor ahead of time and have some valium or something called in to a local pharmacy for you, if that's a serious concern. My dentist won't allow me to even show up for an appointment without a few valium first, after I once bit his dental assistant during a cleaning several years ago.

(I had an old world dentist as a child who'd drill cavities without any anesthetic, so I react abnormally in a dental office to even simple procedures.)



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User currently onlineWestJet747 From Canada, joined Aug 2011, 1830 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (1 year 3 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2708 times:

Quoting ual747den (Reply 8):
Some of you have talked about a sample going to a lab but that says to me someone is going to try to poke me with a needle..... I don't do needles! Seriously don't do them at all! There is no burn with it but that is exactly how it looks. Now I'm even more worried about the doctor ill catch an assault charge if that man approaches me with a needle!

What's worse: one needle right now to take a sample...or all the needles they're going to have to give you when you're hospitalized with a serious infection if it spreads?

My advice:

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User currently offlineEricR From United States of America, joined exactly 4 years ago today! , 1900 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (1 year 3 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2704 times:

I would just squeeze it........it will drain or reduce the swelling.

User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15717 posts, RR: 26
Reply 13, posted (1 year 3 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2698 times:

Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 11):
What's worse: one needle right now to take a sample...or all the needles they're going to have to give you when you're hospitalized with a serious infection if it spreads?

When I had MRSA about six years ago all they did was swab it externally, no needles involved.

But to answer your question, the IV needle for antibiotics is probably less painful than sticking a smaller needle into an infected would on a finger.



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User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8685 posts, RR: 43
Reply 14, posted (1 year 3 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2696 times:

Quoting ual747den (Reply 8):
Now I'm even more worried about the doctor ill catch an assault charge if that man approaches me with a needle!

Well, unless you go, you won't find out if he even has to use a needle.  

A while ago, I contracted lymphangitis in my upper right arm - the infection that is commonly known as "blood poisoning". Naturally, it happened on a Sunday afternoon, so I went to the local hospital and was seen by two doctors: an internist and a surgeon. The former did take a blood sample, but then sent me to the latter anyway who recognised the infection on the spot and treated me without any needles whatsoever.

Maybe they won't even have to draw a blood sample in your case, so don't fret it and give it a chance. It doesn't look like it'll get better on its own.

Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 11):
My advice:

Oh, come on. If it was that simple, it wouldn't be a phobia. I'll happily watch my physician poke me and won't even flinch, but that doesn't mean that everyone who can't do that is a sissy.



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User currently onlineWestJet747 From Canada, joined Aug 2011, 1830 posts, RR: 10
Reply 15, posted (1 year 3 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2679 times:

Quoting aloges (Reply 14):
Oh, come on. If it was that simple, it wouldn't be a phobia. I'll happily watch my physician poke me and won't even flinch, but that doesn't mean that everyone who can't do that is a sissy.

Don't get me wrong, I HATE needles too, but I would never risk my health because of it. This reminds me of the "Guy Syndrome" a poster mentioned in the testicular cancer thread, where guys will wait until the absolute last minute to get treated because they don't want to appear soft.

As for phobias, they don't actually physically stop you from doing anything. You can will yourself through a phobia if you put your mind to it. I have a couple phobias too, but every time I need to face them I just convince myself that it's not going to kill me, and I'm able to at least get done what I need to get done.

As for being a "sissy", I got counselling for a particular fear of mine about 8 months ago...the counselor basically called me out for being a sissy. After a couple sessions I had the mental tools to realize that my fear was unreasonable that I can man-up and overcome them whenever the anxiety would start to creep up on me.



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User currently offlinefr8mech From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 5351 posts, RR: 14
Reply 16, posted (1 year 3 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2661 times:

Quoting ual747den (Reply 8):
Some of you have talked about a sample going to a lab but that says to me someone is going to try to poke me with a needle..... I don't do needles! Seriously don't do them at all! There is no burn with it but that is exactly how it looks. Now I'm even more worried about the doctor ill catch an assault charge if that man approaches me with a needle!

If you're not going to go to the doctor and insist on taking advice from "the internet", then take this advice:

-wash with warm soap and water for a couple of minutes
-wipe clean with an antiseptic wipe...use more than one if there is any drainage. Get it clean.
-dry it with a sterile pad. again, use more than one if you need to.
-treat with Neosporin or polysporin (my orthopedic friend prefers polysporin for treating wounds)
-wrap a sterile pad around it and then bandage it with a sterile wrap and tape it
-keep it clean and dry
-repeat daily and note any changes in size, color, sensation or discharge

GO TO THE FREAKING DOCTOR IF IT GETS WORSE OR DOESN'T GET BETTER. You're going on 10 days here.



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User currently offlinetype-rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 4945 posts, RR: 19
Reply 17, posted (1 year 3 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2656 times:

Quoting ual747den (Reply 8):
Some of you have talked about a sample going to a lab but that says to me someone is going to try to poke me with a needle.

The doctor won't use a needle if there are any "wet" spots on the wound. He'll just run a sterile glass slide over the area and send that in. I had to have that done for an infected cat bite one time. Totally painless.

But the doctor may not even bother and just give you the proper antibiotics and send you on your way! .

Ah, but this thread needs a face shot from you first.......



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User currently offlineual747den From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2392 posts, RR: 11
Reply 18, posted (1 year 3 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2641 times:

I'll tell you a funny story about my fear of needles, several years ago I was getting some injections for a pain in my neck. The doctor understood my fear and gave me a very large amount of Versed in an IV (you want to get really weird, I can handle an IV but not a shot, I don't understand either) I passed out and appeared completely unconscious but when they got ready to do the injection I got up and tried to fight with the doctor. He said it was obvious that I was completely out of it but I was still strong and he could do nothing to calm me down. When the medication wore off and I "woke up" I didn't remember any part of it and still don't.

Nothing at all is draining from it and it appears to be pretty "deep" under the skin. I have been taking an antibiotic for streph throat so if its an infection wouldn't that just kill it?



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User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8685 posts, RR: 43
Reply 19, posted (1 year 3 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2629 times:

Quoting ual747den (Reply 18):
Nothing at all is draining from it and it appears to be pretty "deep" under the skin. I have been taking an antibiotic for streph throat so if its an infection wouldn't that just kill it?

It depends completely on the kind of bacteria present and the antibiotic you are taking. Self-medication with antibiotics is contraindicated for that reason (among others, I'm sure). In other words, what you are doing now is reckless and dangerous. See a doctor.



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User currently offlineCaliAtenza From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 1555 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (1 year 3 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2625 times:

Quoting ual747den (Reply 18):

Nothing at all is draining from it and it appears to be pretty "deep" under the skin. I have been taking an antibiotic for streph throat so if its an infection wouldn't that just kill it?

What are you taking for strep throat? That drug may not necessarily work against a staph infection. Staph is a slimy bugger..its resistant to a lot of stuff...


User currently offlinetrav110 From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 536 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (1 year 3 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2551 times:

Quoting ual747den (Reply 18):
Nothing at all is draining from it and it appears to be pretty "deep" under the skin. I have been taking an antibiotic for streph throat so if its an infection wouldn't that just kill it?

No, not all antibiotics work the same. SEE A DOCTOR. All you've done in this thread is ask for advice and ignore every person who tells you that you need this checked out. What point is it in making this thread if you're going to play armchair doctor, ignore everybody, and then speculate about something you know nothing about?


User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19389 posts, RR: 58
Reply 22, posted (1 year 3 months 20 hours ago) and read 2495 times:

Quoting aloges (Reply 1):

Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor.

Disclaimer: I am a medical doctor.

This photograph is highly suspicious for infection with either Staphylococcus aureus or Streptococcus species. If you have been on amoxicillin for strep throat, then S. aureus is the likely culprit and I would treat with either trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole or clindamycin for suspected MRSA. Fingers have relatively poor blood supply and the infection can become finger-threatening.

Please seek medical attention immediately.


User currently offlineual747den From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2392 posts, RR: 11
Reply 23, posted (1 year 3 months 19 hours ago) and read 2474 times:

I sucked it up and seen the doctor today who CUT my finger open and started me on Bactrum for the infection. They did a culture and told me they would call me back if there is anything to be worried about.

Thanks guys!



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User currently offlinezippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5478 posts, RR: 13
Reply 24, posted (1 year 3 months 14 hours ago) and read 2438 times:

Quoting ual747den (Thread starter):

The picture is not coming up on this computer but,

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 22):
Disclaimer: I am a medical doctor.
But I used to play one on TV!   
Couldn't resist!

Seriously, I can't see the picture on these computers but, the nasty things about infections; they can also wreck havoc on your immune system and make you feel like crap to put it mildly. Get it checked out. Your intuition told you to ask here at A-Net, chances are something could be going down and it would be prudent not to delay and visit a medical facility.



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25 johnboy : Ok I had to LOL at that! Good luck with the infection....I had MRSA that Bactrim didn't touch and I ended up in the hospital for a week and now have
26 flymia : I remember I once did a medical thread but it was about jamming my thumb playing basketball and how much Advil I could take. Anything like this I woul
27 CaliAtenza : Good call doc. I couldnt see clearly, and still cant from that picture (obviously you have more expierence than i do), but i would surmise to say tha
28 BMI727 : He doesn't want to know if he needs a doctor, he knows he does. He just wants someone to say he doesn't need a doctor. I've pulled crap like that too
29 Post contains images Superfly : Get your head out of the gutter. We can all learn from this as we've all stuck our fingers in dirty places.
30 TheRedBaron : And people dont know that that nasty bug can ruin your heart valves in mater of months... TRB
31 DocLightning : Unfortunately, you are quite wrong, I'm afraid. MRSA is now in the community. We call it CA-MRSA (Community-Acquired).
32 DocLightning : And given the picture, I have to say I agree with every last bit of his management. Feel better.
33 Post contains images CaliAtenza : ah yes, just read up on that . Yeah, unfortunately my older textbooks havent been updated and they kept drilling it into during school that MRSA happ
34 Cerecl : The US enjoys worldwide notoriety for reckless antibiotics prescribing and horrible rates of drug-resistant bacteria in the community. You just did y
35 Aesma : Taking care of a cut when it happens is the key. Often I don't do it and nothing happens, then sometimes I will get a small infection like this and wi
36 fr8mech : No, he didn't. He is taking the antibiotic for Strep Throat, which is the proper treatment for Strep Throat. He was just asking if the current antibi
37 Cerecl : Whatever is infecting his finger wound had nothing to do with his Strep throat. It may be a Strep, it may not. One should not use antibiotics prescri
38 fr8mech : Correct, but the question he asks is whether or not the antibiotics he's taking for the Strep would have any effect on the finger bug. You indicated
39 ual747den : Cerecl, You are wrong. I was on an antibiotic for streph throat before my finger got so bad so either way I had to complete that. I can assure you I a
40 DocLightning : You cannot know that. If his physician diagnosed strep throat and treated it all appropriately, then it was not inappropriate. Untreated strep can le
41 mdsh00 : I am a medical doctor too and I agree with DocLightning. If you were to see me in my office I would check if there were any reason to try and drain it
42 fr8mech : Not to steer the conversation astray, but Doc, are you telling me that should I contract Strep Throat (and being that I have 2 children that attend a
43 Post contains images DocLightning : Well... it's not that simple. 1) The shot in the butt costs more 2) The shot in the butt lasts three weeks and becomes a real problem if you develop
44 BMI727 : Actually him stopping the antibiotic would have been making the issue worse, since you're always supposed to finish the pills even if you feel better
45 Cerecl : OK, I interpreted what he wrote as he was taking left-over Abx used to treat Strep throat in the hope that it would kill his finger bug. He has since
46 DocLightning : If that's the case, I agree with you. Folks, not all antibiotics are the same. The reason we have to go to medical school, among other things, is to
47 Post contains images mdsh00 : I can't tell you how many times I have yelled at my parents for taking abx for a cold without asking me first (they bought a small stash of Amoxicill
48 Post contains images CaliAtenza : If he had said, it will make my Kidney Failure worse, that would have been fine . While studying for my boards, i always remember "Nafs for Staph" .
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