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This will be the third time ive had cellulitis or staph on

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This will be the third time ive had cellulitis or staph on my breasts. This time i have one on my thigh too tht hurts to touch or lay on. I was hospititalizd before w iv meds. This time they said use ointment antibiotic. Im uneasy. Im also set to hav kidney
stone removed tues.i attached two pictures.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dermatology
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I paid for instant info in depth. Its been an hour
Expert:  Dr. Rick, MD replied 1 year ago.
Hi. My name is***** and I am online and available to help you today. Thank you for your patience.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Three weeks ago. Im iron deficient but getting iron treatments. I hv sleep apnea. Im on trazadone prozak klonopin prilosec zonegran for headaches n bystolic as needed for bp
Expert:  Dr. Rick, MD replied 1 year ago.
Thank you for that additional information.
Sorry it has been an hour but we are real doctors, with real lives and in my case, who have a full time medical practice.......and I also type really, really slow :(
At this point I think you would do well to get a second opinion from a University based infectious disease Professor. Why at a University? Because . At an institution like that you could be evaluated and treated by a team of sub-specialists who are at the cutting edge of their respective fields. The best thing about these large teaching hospitals is that consultations are available with Professors and leaders in their field by just walking a few steps down the hall. This professor may want to do a full thickness biopsy of the lesion you showed in your photo's and subject it to tons of specialized testing.
The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota is an excellent example of just such a place as this. That being said there are many excellent teaching hospitals all across the country and I am sure that there is one near you.
I know that it is going to take significant effort on your part, but I believe that going to one of the "Medical Mecca's" is your best chance to – finally -- get to the bottom of what is going on.
As far as your kidney stone surgery that is probably not something you can put off and I am sure that your urologist is going to do everything possible to avoid infection from the nasty staph bugs you have been dealing with lately.
Does this make sense to you?
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
U mean my surgeon will protect himself from the staph? Ill b ok to hv the surgery? And next...how do u kno its staph? Im also seeing an infectious disease dr tomor. Is tht good. Plz answer these questions. Sorry i rushd u.
Expert:  Dr. Rick, MD replied 1 year ago.
No. The surgeon will protect you from having the staph infect the areas treated when she is dealing with the kidney stone.
The best person to say if it is OK to have the surgery is your surgeon. But, if it is an elective surgery that can be delayed you might want to wait until the infection thing is cleared up.
I said staph because you said staph ;)
But culturing the wound would show what type of bacteria was at work. Staph grows easily on wound cultures....
Yes. Seeing an infectious disease specialist if exactly what I was suggesting you do. That is what I would do if I were in your shoes.....
No worries....lots of people think that we are computers and give instant answers but, in reality we are just doctors who should have taken typing in High School! LOL!
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Dr. Rick MD FACS
Have a great day and I hope you feel better soon. I wish you the very best.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
So is it unsafe to have surgery? Im confused.
Expert:  Dr. Rick, MD replied 1 year ago.
No. I do not think that it is unsafe for you to have the stone surgery as planned.
What I was trying to say is the your surgeon, not some (handsome) online surgeon is the best person to make that determination.
Make sense?
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
U are quite handsome...
Expert:  Dr. Rick, MD replied 1 year ago.
That is what I keep telling my wife.
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Have a good day and best of luck on getting rid of those nasty kidney stones.
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