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Could I have MRSA in my bloodstream along with pneumonia? I was diagnosed with MRSA a week ago when i went to urgent care for a boil behind my right ear. They cultured it and put me on antibiotics. Sure enough it was mrsa. It hasn't even been a full we

If : If you have fever, chest pain, cough, and shortness of breath in the setting of MRSA skin lesions, you should be seen and have a chest xray if your doctor feels the small risk of the xray in prenancy is warranted by your symptoms and exam. Mrsa can get in the blood if you have pneumonia and can be checked for with blood samples. ...Read more

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Boil (Definition)

Boil is also known as Abscess. A boil is an infected epidermoid cyst of the skin. Usually related to sebaceous glands, which secrete waxy/oily lubricant ...Read more

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My gp prescribed me antibios for abscess/sebaceous cyst behind ear now I have a large boil like lump on neck. What does this mean?

My gp prescribed me antibios for abscess/sebaceous cyst behind ear now I have a large boil like lump on neck. What does this mean?

See a dermatologist: You may have an enlarged lymph node as reaction to an inflamed cyst. Antibiotic therapy may not be effective, drainage or removal of the cyst may be the best treatment. First get an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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Treating Swimmer's Ear (Checklist)

Keep water out of ear (earplugs or showercap when showering)
Daily
Use eardrops as directed
Daily
Use Tylenol or warm compresses for minimal pain
3x day
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What could a hard knot behind ear I have had it for 15 years?

What could a hard knot behind ear I have had it for 15 years?

Node or osteoma: A hard bump could be a lymph node but these usually are mobile. Sometimes the bone behind the ear (mastoid) is not smooth so may feel bumpy. If it sits right behind the ear lobe it could either be a part of the second cervical vertebra or a parotid salivary tumor which can be firm and slow growing. If it is enlarging i suggest it should be evaluated. ...Read more

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Treating Swimmer's Ear (Checklist)

Visit doctor to get antibiotic drops to treat infection
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No swimming for at least 5 days
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Put alcohol/white vinegar drops in the ear after swimming when healthy
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1 centimeter movable node behind ear?25 y old male. Been there for about 3 months, I don't think it has grown. Does movable mean its not as serious?

1 centimeter movable node behind ear?25 y old male.  Been there for about 3 months, I don't think it has grown. Does movable mean its not as serious?

Probably normal : Moveable is always better. If it's painless and asymptomatic, 1cm is normal. If it's starts having symptoms or grows, would be reasonable to work up further or consider removing. ...Read more

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What causes severe pain behind ear?

What causes severe pain behind ear?

A few possibilities: Infection: skin, mastoiditis, pimple, shingles = common.Also common but rarely diagnosed: inflammation of the posterior or greater auricular nerves.Treatment for this might be neuroprolotherapy.Another cause could be jamming of cranial sutures behind the ear.If problem persists &/or other symptoms like fever or ear drainage-see Dr.Osteopathic exam & manipulation could help suture prob. & infection ...Read more

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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
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Ask doc if TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint) is causing ear pain
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Know that middle ear fluid isn't necessarily infection
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Look for ear pain and ear drainage -- both signs of infection
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What+could+cause+pain+on+left+side+behind+ear that goes into neck ?

What+could+cause+pain+on+left+side+behind+ear that goes into neck ?

Several possibilitie: Most likely represents musculoskeletal discomfort, but could be secondary to ear or mastoid inflammation. Should be examined by physician. ...Read more

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