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I have a staph infection in leg its healing but 3 inches above it the lymph node is still swollen which scares me is this normal? How long will last?

I have a staph infection in leg its healing but 3 inches above it the lymph node is still swollen which scares me is this normal? How long will last?

Lymph nodes: Rather than scaring you, an active lymph node doing it's job to fight off infection, should reassure and encourage you about your body's health. A reactive lymph node is working when it is swollen. It is doing it's job. It takes some time to return to a normal quiet state after the infection and all of the foreign material is taken care of. No reason to be scared for any reason here. ...Read more

Dr. Olav Jaren
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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What does staph infection look like on the leg?

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What does staph infection look like on the leg?

Varies: It can look like anything from a folliculitis (inflamed hair follicles) to cellulitis (inflamed skin/soft tissue) to an abscess (painful lump with overlying inflamed skin, may be draining pus). This is common with all bacterial skin infections, not just staph, however. See a doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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On antibiotics for a staph infection on my leg. Only have taken 2 doses so far, but abscess is growing and now hot to touch. Should i lance&drain it?

On antibiotics for a staph infection on my leg. Only have taken 2 doses so far, but abscess is growing and now hot to touch. Should i lance&drain it?

No: Don't try to drain it yourself. Go to the emergency room and get treatment . You probably need IV antibiotics and I&D drainage of the abscess. You may have a MRSA staph infection which is resistant to oral antibiotics. ...Read more

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How do I tell if a spot on my leg is staph infection or just an irritated bite/spot/ hair follicle...etc....

How do I tell if a spot on my leg is staph infection or just an irritated bite/spot/ hair follicle...etc....

RELAX: A small spot on the leg is common. Do you shave your legs? Wash in shower every day. If it becomes rapidly worse, see a DR. Most likely = folliculitis. Bacitracin and bandaid will make it worse. ...Read more

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I think I might have a staph infection. I had a group of red bumps on my leg and all of them but one didn't go away, now it's swollen, red, painful. ?

Skin infections: You should have your leg evaluated by your doc, of which you may need an antibiotic. Till you get to see your doc, keep the area clean with soap & water, dry it & if the skin is open, use topical Neosporin, which could cut down the amount of infection. Take Aleve (naproxen) or Motrin to help with the pain and inflammation. Do not wait to see your doc, these are only temporizing measures. ...Read more

Dr. Neal Kraus
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Staph Infection (Definition)

An infection caused by any one of the staphylococcus species of bacteria. These bacteria are part of the bioburden of the human body, so that the mere presence of these on the skin does not ...Read more


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Staphylococcal Infection (Definition)

Staphylococcal infection is a bacterial infection that can cause disease in many parts of the body. Staph infections ...Read more