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male 78 had colon cancer then got cdef and staff infection

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male 78 had colon cancer then got cdef and staff infection in the hospital then a reaction to one of the antibodics for the cdef now I have lumps under one of my armpits started with one now have a couple more they sometimes itch and sore and are red
Submitted: 5 years ago.
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Expert:  doctornihil replied 5 years ago.
Hi,
I am sorry to hear about your complication associated with hospital admission. These infections are called nosocomial infection.
The lumps in your armpit can be cellulitis or inflammed lymph nodes.
In either case, you may need antibiotics again for treatment.
Due to your recent hospital admission, resistant bugs are likely to be found ( staph called MRSA).
Please see a doctor for clinical examination & antibiotic prescription.
If there is an abscess formation, drainage of pus may be needed for culture & sensitivity.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
wont put me on another antibotic because of cdef
Expert:  doctornihil replied 5 years ago.
Yes, if you are coming out of c diff infection, then another antibiotic is a risk.
But, your recent history of staph infection warrants a clinical examination to rule out abscess.
In the meantime, you can try mupirocin ointment over the affected area to reduce inflammation.
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