Thanks, everyone. Lots of good advice here (as usual
). Thanks for the reassurance and anecdotes about non-foreskin-related staph infections. That makes me feel better. And if the recurrent infectios did lead to phimosis, there are creams and steroids and such that would likely treat it, correct?
I got an appointment for Tuesday with my second choice Dr. (my kids are new patients so they need longer appointments which wouldn't fit with my chosen doc). I am going to have her do a culture (to make sure it's staph and not something else) and then I'll fill the prescription. I'm applying bactroban 3 times a day (no bandaid, though, won't work in that area
), and giving him kids' echinacea/goldenseal tincture and probiotics 3 times daily. He's also getting a daily dose of vitamin C (in sodium ascorbate form). At diaper changes I rinse him (using my peri bottle) with a calendula solution (he loves this--signs "more" when I try to stop), and apply calendula ointment when it's not Bactroban time. He's also been running around either naked or in fitteds with no cover, except for naptime and overnight. Tonight he took a bath, and then I refilled the tub with clean water for playtime (as usual) and added some tea tree oil. The local health food store is hunting down some hypericum tincture (to add to the calendula solution) and the previously mentioned homeopathic Merc. Sol. I'm a pretty good housekeeper, but went around obsessing and disinfecting everything again tonight.
|Does he have a problem(undx.) with his immune system maybe?
I don't know. I noticed though that the infection was once again accompanied by some diaper rash, like last time. I am also wondering if he is sensitive/allergic to dairy (recently found out I am, will get the definitive allergy tests back on me tomorrow)... Could a food sensitivity increase chances of staph infections? I imagine they put a strain on the immune system possibly rendering them less effective at fighting off infection. Does this sound plausible?
|Also, do you have pets? They could be the source. Turn every stone to rout it out.
How do I know if the cats are the source?
|...staph infections are very contagious and can spread easily... The infection spreads to open skin. It can be difficult to get rid of if not kept in check.
I did not realize how contagious it is... Can it be spread in bathwater or does there need to be direct contact? There sure is a lot of handwashing going on over here, I gotta tell ya.
|If you are feeling badly and somehow taking the responsibility for this to continue hanging around, please stop that line of thinking..(I blamed myself in the beginning, too!). It is INCREDIBLY common and very tough to combat. It is common to feel guilty or feel as though one's environment is not clean enough. THAT is absolutely NOT the case MOST of the time.
Thanks, I needed to hear that.
I'll keep you all posted.