I wanted to update you all about this, but I've been a little distracted as my little one went on a nursing strike!! She is back on the breast now (YEEESSS!) after three harrowing days without nursing, and with lots of pumping and various mommy machinations to get her to think that nursing was HER idea. But that's for another post!
It turns out what I had was a staph infection--yuck!! And it turns out they're fairly common among nursing women because it's such a warm, wet and hospitable environment for the staph bacteria.
I had forgotten to mention to you that I did actually have one of the "bites" swabbed a few months ago at my doc's office (doc totally thought it was a zit but I insisted), but then I never heard back from them with the results and since they always say "no news is good news," I assumed that meant it was nothing to worry about. It turns out that in this case it was "no news because we totally forgot to call you and tell you that you have staph!"
Anyway, I've been using a topical antibiotic ointment on it for the last four days and it's drying up quite nicely. I really can't believe that it didn't spread more in the FOUR MONTHS I had it, and it never itched and really didn't look like the angry, raging staph infections I've seen on others. So if you have something that sounds like this, get it checked!
Thank you all for your support!
Blogging SAHM to daughters Q (6/09) and R (6/11).