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At first I thought I might have herpes simplex 2, but I

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At first I thought I might have herpes simplex 2, but I haven't been sexually active for years. I showed my friend my butt boils, and he believes it is MRSA. I may have caught MRSA when my now-deceased husband was in the hospital for two months and I spent hours there every day. My friend advises me to wait for a head to form so my boils can be lanced and packed for drainage. I'm wondering if it is safe to wait. BTW, I work at a food bank and handle food sometimes.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 years ago.
Hello, this is Dr. David. I have read your question and I'm ready to help.

no, you shouldn't wait

you should see a doctor to get a wound culture of the area to find out what sort of infection it is.

it doesn't sound like MRSA

it sounds like it could be shingles or other type of skin infection

the only way to know for sure what type of infection it is is to see a doctor and get a wound culture

can you upload a clear jpg photo of the area from a computer so I can see what we are dealing with?

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Customer: replied 2 years ago.

I am uncomfortable taking a photo of my butt crack boils and posting online. I appreciate your advice and will get a culture tomorrow. I noticed a smaller, but similarly painful sore on my side, about 4 inches below my underarm. More of same?

Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 years ago.
it could be more of the same

it could be MRSA

shingles usually affects a set skin nerve dermatome distribution.

you do need a skin culture to check for MRSA

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