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Constant glare ups of a staph infection. Background: dd1 and dd 2 both had what gp diagnosed as a fungal infection a few weeks back. Was given creams and dd1 had to have some ABs. Dr prescribed flucoxicillin as dd1s was infected. Dd2 cleared up no problem!

Dd1 continued to have lesions developing , some were going as she completed the course but one kept getting bigger do trip back to gp.

He swabbed, suspected either a staph/strep infection and gave Augmentin. It had some other ingredient an acid beginning with C.

Took that and all seemed to clear up. Last week i tool her to drs with sore eye.dr diagnosed belepharitis. Got cream And it cleared up. Past couple of days dd1 has had a sore nose, the bit between the nostrils.Been applying Vaseline and savlon but its spreading and now she's developed a blister on her nose under her bottom lip and there r patches which could indicate beginning of more sad. So it's back sad

What the hell can be causing this?

sad that sounds painful stay

48 hours after stopping antibiotics DD's lips are weeping and crusting again sad Back on antibiotics.

Luckily no ones mentioned pets with dd. I got the rabbits checked when dds got the fungal as it was after they had handled the buns and I wanted to check the girls hadn't passed it on. Last thing I wanted was bunnies sore and itchy with ringworm.

My first thought is always school but I don't blame anyone, these things happen. First signs of Many things are easily dismissed as nothing, or something else.

That poor puppy. Most these bacteria are everywhere. Hygiene is key pets or no pets.

And even if there is pet/person-person/pet transmission no one intends it. You take care of the obvious-worms fleas etc but not everyone is aware of bacterias.

Lonecatwithkitten Tue 02-Apr-13 16:24:58

Yes as regardless of how weird the bug is we always do a sensitivity so once the correct antibiotic was on board all was fine. It is just a bug bear of mine that GPs blythly blame animals when in fact in most commonly the bugs go from the human to the pet - one classic example was a GP blaming the new puppy for the salmonella when the puppy arrived 5 days after the diarrhoea started!

That's really interesting lonecat was the animal ok? smile

Lonecatwithkitten Tue 02-Apr-13 13:58:51

The most common bacteria is staph aureus and the strain that animals carry is not the strain that affects people. Human to human spread is common animal to human spread has only been documented where the human has an immune condition such as AIDS. Human to animal spread is more common than animal to human. I did a lot of research on this after one of my animal patients contracted a type of staph that had only previously been recorded in the ICU at camp bastion in Afghanistan.

I will be heading back. There must be something they can do. I forgot to ask if she's ok to mix with other children. If I put a plaster over her nose do u think it would be ok to go to a birthday party?

unlucky83 Tue 02-Apr-13 10:35:59

If she gets any more - or maybe just anyway if you are worried - go back to the doctor (perhaps OOH or busy first surgery after hols isn't the best) and say you are worried and make a bit of a fuss...ask for advice what you can do about stopping it re-occurring...

Well she's got another round of ABs gotta go back to drs if it happens again. I just don't understand it. Nothing's changed at home recently with regards to any exposure she has or we have had. I'm assuming its come from school as her sister isn't getting any of it. There must be somethin she's touching/playing with that's causing it. Not that it matters I guess , when u factor in all the children in two classes plus all the siblings they have you double/treble the amount of people she's in direct/indirect contact with . it's just going to keep flaring up til We manage to boost her up enough to fight it off. Guess this Easter holiday is the perfect opportunity to feed her up and get her back to full strength.

I do hope not but yes it is a possibility

So it's likely to happen again then? sad

We will only have to have the animals tested if DH and I come back clear.
They will only do swabs so it won't hurt them just the logistics of swabbing ferrets,ducks,sheep,chickens,dog.quail,chickens,guinea pigs and love birds-would be soooo much easier if we were carriers

The specialist dermatologist said really she should have developed an immunity to this in childhood but some people just don't...

And they need animals testing? I had them checked for ringworm when they got the fungal infection and they were clear. I hope they don't have to hurt them to test them sad

It's driving us both crazy. She's never ever had anything like it before and the drs seemed surprised to see it on her leg. Not quite sure what will happen if we get body wash as she has exczema and extremely sensitive skin. Many products irritate or give her a rash sad could it really last that long???

How strange DD 14 has this at the moment,it started last summer 8 times in three months and was treated as cold sores,just reappeared a month ago and we went to a private dermatologist as she was missing so much school.
Just got results back and it is a staph infection -they were brilliant and even treated her sample with various antibiotics to see which worked the best (only two did and she is allergic to one of them)she also has lip cream,nose cream and body wash,although that seems to give her rashes...
DH and I are going to be swabbed next week but if we are not carriers then all our animals will have to be tested-yikes could be interesting.
She may still have cold sores and the bacterial infection has followed on from those.
Will have everything crossed that it has gone when she finishes the antibiotics tomorrow and will watch this thread with interest.
Poor DD has been so fed up with not going out and missing nice things and don't even get me started on girls posting impetigo pictures on facebook encouraging others to "like" if they are glad they don't have this sad

Thank u all x

She's got an appointment this evening. smile

Call or you'll never know. Daktocort is an anti fungal I think, I wouldn't be using that or the anti B cream until you have seen a doctor.

Don't get yourself tied up in the how's or whys right now. Get you dd seen, then worry about that.

Go, phone, now, shoo..... grin how can you say no to a bunny!

Is it more likely to be thru family or school do u think?

MewlingQuim Mon 01-Apr-13 13:17:24

Don't use eye creams up their noses. See the GP.

MewlingQuim Mon 01-Apr-13 13:16:05

If she keeps getting staph infections then its likely that she or another member of the family is a carrier of the bacteria and that is why she is getting reinfected. Staph lives up noses, so ask your GP to take nasal swabs from everyone un the family. Carriage can be eradicated using topical antibiotic creams.

I'm using daktocort (sp?) and some antibiotic cream I bought for her eye last week. To try and keep it at bay. But the blister in her nose has definately grown since this morning sad do ooh drs give out actual meds for things like this? I just assumed that by time I got a call back I'd not be able to get the prescription anywhere anyway. The last lot I had to try three pharmacies before I found one that had it.

zipzap Mon 01-Apr-13 12:55:17

I think it is worth contacting the OOH doctors, for a phone consult if nothing else.

If she has had something similar that hasn't really cleared up easily and if the the sores are growing so quickly, given they are so close to her eyes and brain then I think it does make sense to try to stop it from getting bigger as quickly as possible.

Even if the ooh doc can only give a treatment based on previous swab, at least it will be better than nothing even if she needs to be reswabbed later if it doesn't help.

Would anything like teatree (sp) oil or neem oil help?

Also could she have a roll of kitchen roll in the bathroom to dry her face on something clean each time (sorry you are probably already doing something similar so apologies if I'm stating the obvious).

She's six by the way and otherwise has been very healthy the past year, smile

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