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Old 07-22-21, 10:04 PM
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Armpit infection

I developed an armpit infection otherwise known as staphylococcus! I donít need this right now! I have had 3 staph infections before and they all sucked canal water. Treating it with antibiotic creme and washing several times a day. Spraying with some bacterial cleanser that burns like fire. They get worse before that start healing. Will be at a lake the next few days but probably staying inside treating this crap. In a week I will be in Pa and donít want to be dealing with a painful armpit ruining the fun. At least in is hidden in my stinky armpit lol. Probably end up at the doctorís office getting high powered antibiotic pills. Past experience it takes about a week to get rid of it. Iím doing what I can so it wonít become horrible so far it is stable. Ranting about staphylococcus is making me feel better. Dang nasty and gross Any suggestions? LOL I know who the heck wants to talk about staph infections
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oregaon oil will kill it. get north american herb and spice brand...P73. take three caps a day. also, get the liquid. two drops of oregano to 8 or 10 drops of cooking oil and blend. rub it on daily. maybe some talcum powder or corn starch to keep it dry'ish.
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Going to get some oregano oil if I can find it. Austin area today so those places that sell stuff like that I should find. Thanks for the info. Staying off the water and treating this nasty stuff which stinks since I will right on the lake. The Olympic with no fans I will watch lol.
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If you weren't trying for a world record again, this wouldn't be a problem.
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I had ONE staph infection - it was S. Lugdunensis, a little less common than MRSA or Aureus.
Mostly skin stuff, but then I got a high fever and the doc told my wife to get me to ER where they scanned my heart for perio-whatever that you don't want to get.
Took weeks to kick, including pills, special skin cleaners, and bleach water baths.
Derm guy sent me to an infectious disease guy and he figured staph was kind of below his wheelhouse, sent me for HIV testing where the real money is.
Good luck HG - and be careful not to spread this infection around.

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It’s improving slowly. Last staph I got on my finger from trimming trees somehow from a thorn. Went to the ER placed on an IV with some high power antibiotics. Nurse said those 10 beers you drank won’t effect anything I was honest. Then went to a surgeon that specializes in infectious disease. I asked her why they sent me to a surgeon. She said if the infection gets into your bones I’m operating on you luckily it healed up I never got sick thankfully. The timing stinks I’m heading out on a plane on Thursday and want this crud whooped by then. I’m house sitting a friking lake house but I’m staying inside instead of fishing on my bass boat. So far it’s on the surface not getting any worse but not much better. BS staphylococcus…. Brought my own towels etc etc not to infects my friend’s lake house. This sucks canal water.
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Have you tried rinsing the area with that stuff you call beer? I bet that will kill those bugs.
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Waste of beer.
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Well, at least you don’t have a yeast infection.
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I had an armpit infection once, many years ago. Operating on the principle that the solution to almost any problem is near at hand, I balled up a clean 100% wool sock and tied it in place in my armpit. My reasoning was that wool absorbs water, and without water, bacteria die. It worked---the infection gradually disappeared over the weekend.

Repeated applications of talcum powder might have worked, too, come to think of it. Wool is probably safer for infected skin, though.
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Try wholistic 1st > wash with African Black soap and apply Organic Shea butter 2x a day ............................................... Argon oil is also very good and can be used also
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Do you know how you got it?
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Do you know how you got it?
Nope, but Iím susceptible to staph infections Since my GP Doc is closed until Monday I will go to Urgent Care tomorrow when they open and get treatment. Iím may be being a bit over cautious but I ended up in the ER with this crud a few years ago then to a specialist. Luckily my insurance honors Urgent Care. Probably because I sweat like a pig all day in this FRIKIN heat and humidity on my armpit got pissed off. Whatever Doc is there will say yup that sucks wire a prescription to the Walmart pharmacy for 2 weeks of horse pill antibiotics and then some high powered ointment. Go pick it up and go from there.
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Originally Posted by Trakhak View Post
I had an armpit infection once, many years ago. Operating on the principle that the solution to almost any problem is near at hand, I balled up a clean 100% wool sock and tied it in place in my armpit. My reasoning was that wool absorbs water, and without water, bacteria die. It worked---the infection gradually disappeared over the weekend.

Repeated applications of talcum powder might have worked, too, come to think of it. Wool is probably safer for infected skin, though.
I will be briefly in Baltimore next Thursday hopefully. BWI then shuttling over to the over priced rent a car place and heading to Hershey Pa.

Yup, by keeping it moist with antibiotic creme it may just be keeping it motivated to grow lol. I will see what the doctor says. Drying it out may just quit feeding the bacteria …

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Pour some MEK paint thinner on it.

Oh wait . . . that's for crabs.
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OK - I am assuming the infection is on your skin and not deep in the tissues. Either way you are right to stop messing around and go get some antibiotics. Augmentin or Doxycycline or Clindamiacin or something stronger might be best. As far as topicals are concerned you probably need to go to Calmoseptine (Walgreens Compound) and if there may be a fungal component then topical Ketoconizole cream .

I have treated long term chronic versions of staph infections such as Saddle Rash, Jungle Rot, Spider Bites, Acne, just to name a few. Problem is if you kill all the bacteria in your skin you will be in real trouble. In the old days staph infections like boils were considered part of malnutrition. Patients were given Iron and B12 supplements with high doses of Vit C.

I take staph infections in my patients seriously. I start with clindamyacin then transition them to long term doxycyline till the problem is completely resolved. That is at least one or two months after everything has cleared up. I supplement with Iron and B12 and use high dose Vit C as a mechanical preventative. I also put them on a long term H2 blockers like Pepcid to hold down inflammation in the skin. Some times my patients continue to use Calmoseptine as a deodorant in thier arm pits after everything clears up because of sensitive skin. I also tell them to come in as soon as they are aware of a pending infection. Areas of old infections have a tendency to flare up with new infections.
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OK - I am assuming the infection is on your skin and not deep in the tissues. Either way you are right to stop messing around and go get some antibiotics. Augmentin or Doxycycline or Clindamiacin or something stronger might be best. As far as topicals are concerned you probably need to go to Calmoseptine (Walgreens Compound) and if there may be a fungal component then topical Ketoconizole cream .

I have treated long term chronic versions of staph infections such as Saddle Rash, Jungle Rot, Spider Bites, Acne, just to name a few. Problem is if you kill all the bacteria in your skin you will be in real trouble. In the old days staph infections like boils were considered part of malnutrition. Patients were given Iron and B12 supplements with high doses of Vit C.

I take staph infections in my patients seriously. I start with clindamyacin then transition them to long term doxycyline till the problem is completely resolved. That is at least one or two months after everything has cleared up. I supplement with Iron and B12 and use high dose Vit C as a mechanical preventative. I also put them on a long term H2 blockers like Pepcid to hold down inflammation in the skin. Some times my patients continue to use Calmoseptine as a deodorant in thier arm pits after everything clears up because of sensitive skin. I also tell them to come in as soon as they are aware of a pending infection. Areas of old infections have a tendency to flare up with new infections.
It seems to be on the skin surface not a deep abscess. The boil seems to be dissipating but a red like rash have spread but very localized in the arm pit. This is mild compared to the infections I got on my leg right above my knee. The pus is beginning to decreased as well as the other very small pus pockets that formed. Beginning to resemble a rash. Anyways seeking medical treatment in the morning. Thanks for the information. I was at Lake Buchanan today but went back home to seek treatment then back to lake Buchanan to take care of friendís dogs they will survive one day without me lol. Urgent Care for the immediate treatment then probably an appointment with my regular doctor. Last time I let this go too long I was on an IV with the most powerful antibiotic they had I canít remember what is was called. This time not chancing anything.
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Topical tea tree oil? (Not, obviously, as a substitute for going to the doctor... but before you get in, or with the doc's okay if it doesn't interfere with any creams or ointments you're given.)
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I don’t where I would find that here lol. I’m sure not going to drink bleach I’m all for natural remedies. Just going nuts due to bad infections in the past. My friends call me fungal boy lol if there is a skin irritant around I will be it. Got into poison oak a few times that was fun.
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OK - I also put them on a long term H2 blockers like Pepcid to hold down inflammation in the skin.
This is interesting. My skin and I have never had a good relationship. One thing after another. I'll do some research on this, thanks!
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Besides antibacterials, check Walgreens for their "moisture barrier ointment" in a large green squeeze tube. It's usually in the adult diaper aisle, presumably because it's effective against skin breaks for folks who are in bed or wheelchairs all day. But it's a very good all purpose skin protective cream. I use it as soon as I notice any tenderness, rash, etc., in the undercarriage from bike runs and jogging.

It's mostly zinc oxide with other stuff for pain and itch relief and to reduce swelling. On the plus side it's very persistent and doesn't easily sweat off. On the down side, zinc oxide can also be difficult to completely wash out of fabrics. So don't wear a good shirt while that infection is healing. I have to use Fels naphtha soap (which no longer contains real naphtha, unfortunately), and rubbing alcohol to get it out. If I can find some naphtha or just plain old lighter fluid I'll try that as well.
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I donít where I would find that here lol. Iím sure not going to drink bleach Iím all for natural remedies. Just going nuts due to bad infections in the past. My friends call me fungal boy lol if there is a skin irritant around I will be it. Got into poison oak a few times that was fun.
Health food store, if you have one. Or, in a pinch, a lot of stores might carry the Desert Essence brand since it's marketed for acne (check the skin care section), though I don't prefer that one as it comes in a clear glass bottle rather than dark.
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Besides antibacterials, check Walgreens for their "moisture barrier ointment" in a large green squeeze tube. It's usually in the adult diaper aisle, presumably because it's effective against skin breaks for folks who are in bed or wheelchairs all day. But it's a very good all purpose skin protective cream. I use it as soon as I notice any tenderness, rash, etc., in the undercarriage from bike runs and jogging.

It's mostly zinc oxide with other stuff for pain and itch relief and to reduce swelling. On the plus side it's very persistent and doesn't easily sweat off. On the down side, zinc oxide can also be difficult to completely wash out of fabrics. So don't wear a good shirt while that infection is healing. I have to use Fels naphtha soap (which no longer contains real naphtha, unfortunately), and rubbing alcohol to get it out. If I can find some naphtha or just plain old lighter fluid I'll try that as well.
lol I have been wearing my crummy t shirts lately. Urgent Care when they open looking forward to 10 pages of paperwork. Just take a quit look and give me what I need from the pharmacy already Ö paperwork.
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The mental image of Hondo's compromised armpit presents a savory mental image. Get well soon, buddy!
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