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For about the past 8 months, my son has been battling blisters in his diaper area.<br><br>
These blisters show up with just one or two, then within a day or so he has a whole bunch of them all over his bum. These pop, some bleed and cause him pain. They'll all go away, we'll be fine, then bam they come back again and again.<br><br>
I've taken him in to his doc, saw several different docs and no one know what the deal is. I take him in nearly every time there is an outbreak that I can't stop.<br><br>
They've done a culture, which came back negative. once, during an outbreak. SInce then when I've had him in, no blisters had popped yet so they couldn't do a culture.<br><br>
I've been prescribed ointments, some work, but the blisters keep coming back. I've been told its yeast, staph, sensitive skin, diaper rash. My son is potty training now, so he's no longer in diapers and thus stays dry, plenty of airflow, etc. (he's in underwear). Yet his bottom is very red, dry skin, and a bunch of blisters started coming in again.<br><br>
Does this sound like staph? MRSA? Is there anything I can try on my own at home before taking him to the doc during cold/flu season?
 

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If it were MRSA, it would not resolve on its own. Some children have a very high bile content in their stool which is a low pH (acidic) and alters the normal microflora. Which ointments work? That would tell you whether it is bacterial or fungal. The discrete blisters you described are more conducive to bacterial, most likely run-of-the-mill staph but could also be alternating with fungal which has a bumpy, shiny appearance. Your physician should be able to tell just by the appearance so if you want to get him in for a quick visit, treat with the appropriate ointment and now that he is potty trained, it would most likely stay away. You may want to leave off his underwear. Another possibility would be the laundry detergent you use but you would notice rash on other parts of the body if that were also the culprit.<br><br>
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sounds like staph to me. I am a carrier of staph, and I get skin eruptions etc from it often enough. And they can resolve and come back as you describe.<br><br>
There are strains of staph that might not be MRSA, but are resistant in general.<br><br>
Topically, I use comrey and myrrh on the spots. I smell like a Catholic church.<br>
I've tried olive extract, and grape seed oil, and oregano oil. And none of them do that for me. They might work for some other things, just not the staph on the skin.<br><br>
For ingestion, I like the cod liver oil and lecithin and chorella. Though I also take extra zinc if I also have other skin issues at the same time. I'll also take MSM, but I don't know if you can/should get a young child to take that.
 

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MRSA is usually a deeper infection than what you describe and probably wouldn't be showing up in a group of blisters or as a rash. Also, MRSA usually has a hardness or firmness to it, unlike a blister. You'd probably also see pus from these, along with the blood, when they finally erupt- which usually takes a little while.<br>
Yeast does sound like it could be the culprit, although with him being potty trained now that should start to ease up, unless he tends to sweat alot.<br>
How long has he been potty trained now?<br>
Have you tried an antifungal powder vs. a cream. Miconizole powder (used for jock itch and athletes foot) may do the trick.<br>
Sounds pretty miserable whatever it is and I hope things clear up for the sake of you both!<br>
I'd love to know the outcome!<br>
Keep us posted.<br>
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