My daughter has stsph on her leg.

Summer - posted on 01/17/2016 ( 9 moms have responded )

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She was given Antibiotics Friday. They don't seem to be working. How long does it take to start working? Is it supposed to get worse before it gets better?

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Dove - posted on 01/17/2016

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It definitely should not be getting worse though. If it is I would be concerned.

Dove - posted on 01/17/2016

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Whenever my kids get impetigo (I believe it's a form of staph...?) it usually takes around 5 days of the ointment before it is mostly improved.

Sarah - posted on 01/17/2016

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Since it can take 2-3 days to show improvement, the fact it is not getting better is not necessarily worrisome. You can give her children's ibuprofen or Tylenol for the pain and a warm compress may help soften the lesion so it can open and drain. Once it opens, she will feel much better.
The trouble here is I am not a doctor and I can't see your daughter's leg. If this were my child I'd probably wait and call first thing in the AM. Trust your gut. Would your regret going to a treatment center or urgent care, or would you regret not going? You could page your doctor and explain your concerns, he may say don't worry, or he may say go to the ER. Sorry, I wish I could be more helpful.

Theresa - posted on 01/17/2016

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Keep giving her the antibiotics and a steady dose of pain reliever to help ease the pain. I would also try a hot compress. But it sounds like she may need to go back to the doctor and have them drained.

Ev - posted on 01/17/2016

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It takes up to 72 hours for medicine like antibiotics to get into the system to begin to work but if you are concerned take her back to the doctor.

Summer - posted on 01/17/2016

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She is two. She has insurance. It has been there since Friday. Yes it is hot, red, and kind of swollen. She doesn't have a fever.

Sarah - posted on 01/17/2016

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More questions; how old is she, is the skin around the lesion (looks like a big pimple?) hot, is there a red area around the lesion? Like a bulls-eye, with the center being the bright red hard spot with a lighter but still red or pick area around it. Does she have a fever? How long has it been there, is there only one lesion? Do you have insurance that you cover a visit to a treatment center?

Summer - posted on 01/17/2016

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Oral and topical. He just looked at it. He told us to squeeze it if it got a head on it. We tried but it's too painful for her and it's hard as a rock. She beginning to have a little limp on her leg. Hospital or wait until tomorrow to see her primary care?

Sarah - posted on 01/17/2016

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First, was it cultured? How large is it, and did the doctor drained it or just look at it and prescribe antibiotics? Are they pills or a topical medication or both? It may take several days to see improvement but it should not be getting worse.

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