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Skin infections FTL.
I have an infected sore on my left thigh! It was a hair follicle once - now it is a huge red bump with violet streaks and blood oozing out. It actually looked bad enough today that the doctor winced when I showed it to her. So I have hardcore antibiotics (ampicillin + flucloxacillin). This is awesome from a medicinal chemistry point of view. The flucloxacillin is for β-lactamase-producing bacteria such as staphylococci (though it doesn't work on MRSA), and the ampicillin is for non-β-lactamase-producing bacteria such as streptococci. Or so says Wikipedia anyway - my microbiological knowledge is rather non-existent.

I also have yet another itchy intertrigal rash where my legs meet my body. One of these days I will learn that if I take a bath rather than a shower, I have to wash that area separately afterwards. Otherwise yeasts and bacteria that live harmlessly on other parts of my body get in there and cause irritation. Wow, this post is filled with TMI.

I didn't even get into the extreme itchy patch on my head. I thought that was enough disgusting skin issues for one day. Besides, the thing on my head is most likely eczema or something else mundane.

Current Mood: cranky itchy

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emperor From: emperor Date: 7th January 2010 08:50 (UTC) (Link)
Ouch! I hope the antibiotics fix that for you RSN.
firecat From: firecat Date: 8th January 2010 08:53 (UTC) (Link)
Some people need IV antibiotics to clear those infections with violet streaks. I hope you don't, and if you don't start noticing improvement soon, please get medical attention.
baratron From: baratron Date: 13th January 2010 03:46 (UTC) (Link)
Fortunately, the combination of antibiotics and Manuka honey applied directly to the wound seem to be making the infection bugger off! It's not all the way better, but my skin is mostly the right colour, visibly healing, and considerably less sore now.
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