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Hi Mamas! I've got an infected sweat gland at the top of my thigh/groin area. It went from what appeared to be a bug bite to the size of quarter at the head and the size of my fist for the entire red area in just a few days. It happened really fast! My OB drained it (ouchie!!!) and prescribed Keflex for it yesterday. After he drained it he said there was a "significant" infection going on that would not have healed without draining it. My question now is what can I put on it to help it clear up and prevent further infection? It looks really scary. I've never had an infection like this before. I'm concerned about MRSA but I don't know if that's what it is. My skin around it is peeling. Is that normal? TIA
 

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It seems like if your OB/GYN thought it could be MRSA, he would've cultured it. I'd apply hot compresses a few times a day to continue to draw any infection out.
 

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I'd try some tea tree oil compresses, too.
 

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I had a Zofran infusion pump in October (I still have hyperemesis at 33 weeks) & developed an infection in my thigh at one of the infusion sites. I had to go on heavy duty antibiotics & put a warm compress on it at least 3 times a day. It did take a good 2+ weeks to clear up but it's all better now. I'd just make a point to stay on top of the antibiotics & keep in touch with your OB if you have any questions or concerns. Feel better!
 

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Thanks ladies. I haven't been doing compresses since I had it drained. I think that's a good idea so I'll start doing it again. I will check into the TTO too.
 

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I would definitely 2nd the suggestion of the Tea Tree Oil compresses.<br>
Good Luck and you get better soon.
 

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There was no way he could tell it was MRSA just by looking at it - I've had MRSA and it was no treat - the doctors just assumed it was a normal infection and it wasn't. I wonder why he didn't culture it. Is it getting better?
 

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i'm so sorry! what an awful time to go through this.<br><br>
i was going to suggest raw honey, which has a history of being applied to wounds and infections.<br><br>
good luck!<br><br><a href="http://www.drgrotte.com/honey-medicine.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.drgrotte.com/honey-medicine.shtml</a><br><a href="http://www.shokos.com/RawHoney.htm" target="_blank">http://www.shokos.com/RawHoney.htm</a>
 

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It is getting better. I couldn't say for sure until last night. The swelling and redness are finally starting to go down. The open wound part is shrinking too so I feel pretty sure that whatever it was, the Keflex is taking care of it.
 

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I'd do raw virgin coconut oil on the skin infection, lavender essential oil, or manuka honey. All have antifungal, antibacterial effects. They help kill staph, even MRSA.<br><br><a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19249919?ordinalpos=2&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_DefaultReportPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum" target="_blank">http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1...ubmed_RVDocSum</a><br><a href="http://www.westonaprice.org/knowyourfats/coconut-antimicrobial.html" target="_blank">http://www.westonaprice.org/knowyour...microbial.html</a><br><a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez" target="_blank">http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez</a><br><a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16048923" target="_blank">http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16048923</a><br><br>
Epsom salt soaks will help with healing also.<br><br><br><a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12171686" target="_blank">http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12171686</a><br><br><b>Effect of medical honey on wounds colonized or infected with MRSA.</b><br><br><br><i>Full healing was achieved in seven consecutive patients whose wounds were either infected or colonised with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Antiseptics and antibiotics had previously failed to irradicate the clinical signs of infection.</i><br><a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17927079" target="_blank">http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17927079</a><br><a href="http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/629879/clinical_studies_show_honey_kills_mrsa.html?cat=5" target="_blank">http://www.associatedcontent.com/art...rsa.html?cat=5</a><br><br><i>The trick to the honey is that its hydrogen peroxide decomposes much more slowly than what's in standard honey. This special honey is made from the <b>manuka</b> bush, Leptospermum scoparium, only found in New Zealand.</i><br><br><a href="http://rn.modernmedicine.com/rnweb/Clinical/The-buzz-on-manuka-honeys-MRSA-control-properties/ArticleStandard/Article/detail/561184" target="_blank">http://rn.modernmedicine.com/rnweb/C.../detail/561184</a><br><a href="http://www.prlog.org/10067635-manuka-honey-destroys-mrsa-and-heals-staph-infections.html" target="_blank">http://www.prlog.org/10067635-manuka...nfections.html</a><br><br>
Found this portable tube of Manuka Honey <a href="http://www.manukahoneymrsa.com/552.html" target="_blank">http://www.manukahoneymrsa.com/552.html</a><br><br>
I'd try some Bubbies sauerkraut or other fermented vegetables. And some kefir for the probiotic benefits. I'd also eliminate dairy for 2-6 weeks to see if that helps the immune system, especially if it is pasteurized, homogenized dairy.<br><br>
Personally, at 36 weeks I wouldn't want to be taking antibiotics unless it were life-threatening, especially for a <i>topical</i> infection. Infants have more eczema and allergies if mama has antibiotics pre/at birth.<br><br>
I'd try some homeopathic Silica.<br><br><br><br>
Pat
 
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