I would be very careful if you think you have staph. A guy I work with was hospitalized for 7 months from a staph infection which got into his blood.
my wetsuit or the water I was in once made my skin freak the f out so I would agree on that a wetsuit could harbor some type of bacteria
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Nov 22, 2013, 11:13 PM #32
Nov 22, 2013, 11:37 PM #33Senior Member
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Sounds like a staph infex. Might look like it's fading, but it could be smoldering waiting to flare again. Go see the doc. Don't put back on that suit til you know what you're dealing with. Staph can kill.
Last year there was news about some high school team that was getting staph from their equipment. It was bad.
Nov 23, 2013, 12:14 AM #34Junior Member
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This sounds like cellulitis, which is a skin infection that reaches a few layers deep and just reaches the tissue underneath the skin. Most commonly it's caused by strep or staph. Staph usually is the one that produces more pus, strep will cause a hot red swelling with tense skin. Both bacteria live on your skin normally, and they usually don't do much besides take up space and prevent more dangerous bacteria from moving in. Sometimes they can cause problems when there's a small break in your skin (probably wouldn't even notice it, and friction from a wetsuit can cause a small break) and then maybe they'll cause an infection like the one you described.
Don't destroy your wetsuit, and definitely don't wash it in bleach if you want to wear it again. It's easy to kill bacteria on a surface, just put some soap on it and let it soak in a tub, inside it out and let it dry. Most probably the bacteria causing this is living on your knee, not your wetsuit's knee.
The most common bacteria causing this are staph and strep, but there are some other bacteria that are known to cause cellulitis after soaking in sea water or fresh water. They're Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Aeromonas hydrophila, and Vibrio vulnificus. Pseudomonas at least can be much more serious (and maybe was the thing that caused a black hole in another poster's leg), and your infection sounds more classic, so it might have been just strep or staph.
Finally, I'm not sure which antibiotic is the most optimal for your cellulitis. If it cleared with cipro, but then came back, you might want to switch antibiotics. Cipro isn't the first line of antibiotics used for cellulitis, so if it's still there, or gone but comes back a third time I would go to the doctor to get the right one for the job. Also, like people have already said on here, don't wait to go to the doctor if it comes up again on your knee because it has the potential to get complicated. It's so much easier to treat at the beginning, and if you wait until you get a fever from it, they might try and admit you to the hospital for IV antibiotics, which is not something you're going to want to pay for out of pocket.
Nov 23, 2013, 12:52 AM #35
nice cc, what do you do?
Nov 23, 2013, 06:57 AM #36Senior Member
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You need bacterium DS. Oral antibiotic
Nov 23, 2013, 08:12 AM #37
Yankee, what are you doing up at 4:00 am?
Nov 23, 2013, 07:03 PM #39
we were in panama for a surf trip when the infection began in a wound he got from hitting the reef. we attacked it aggressively w/ prescription anti-biotic cream & kept it dry & covered when he was out of the water. that seemed to keep it at bay for the remainder of the trip, but it flared back up w/ a vengeance when we got home & ate all the cartilage in the joint. he ended up landing in the hospital for a few days & taking antibiotics for months, then once the infection was fully licked some funky injections to keep the knee lubricated while he strengthened his leg muscles back up enough to under go the replacement procedure.
moral of the story, it might be getting better, but i'd still recommend going to see your dr. MRSA sucks.
Nov 23, 2013, 08:31 PM #40