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When is an inflamed lesion something worth seeking medical attention for?

A few months ago I had another lesion (on my leg) I figured was a staph infection, but it eventually resolved.

Now I have one on my arm, and 8 days later, it's still not healing. 

What worries me even more is I read recurring staph infections can be a sign of various cancers. 

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As someone who has had 100s of staph infections I wouldn't be worried about staph being a sign of cancers. That would be a huge generalization since staph is so prevalent in the community. That being said are you taking medication for your infection? Have you had it drained? If you aren't treating it get to the doctor and get some meds. If you are I have had a few infections that did not heal fully from the first round of antibiotics and had to get more. It's not uncommon to happen and happened only a handful.of times. If you have any questions please reach out. 

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I recently had a staph infection on my right hand. It was from a scratch. I went to my dermatologist and he looked at it for a second and prescribed me an antibiotic and steroid creme. He told me many staph infections are caused by cat scratches. 

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20 hours ago, zmichelle557 said:

As someone who has had 100s of staph infections I wouldn't be worried about staph being a sign of cancers. That would be a huge generalization since staph is so prevalent in the community. That being said are you taking medication for your infection? Have you had it drained? If you aren't treating it get to the doctor and get some meds. If you are I have had a few infections that did not heal fully from the first round of antibiotics and had to get more. It's not uncommon to happen and happened only a handful.of times. If you have any questions please reach out. 

100s of staph infections? What's the cause?

I don't think there's really much to drain with this thing. It's red with a sort of purple in the center. 

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I had my first one 15 years ago and it just kept happening. I have eczema a get them easily due to that. Some have been really tiny and I can get all the crap out before they get bad and some have been the size of baseballs almost overnight. Luckily I haven't had many in the last year besides a few tiny ones but I swear I was on Bactrim forever and the ointments. They talked about using an IV therapy to get rid of them and possibly for good but I never felt like it was needed since the antibiotics work so well for my infections. I'm glad it's not too bad but if it get worse or really painful get it looked out.

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Doesn't seem to be healing, but it's also not getting any worse. Doesn't feel painful anymore.

I think this is going to be like a lot of the crap on my skin and just turn into a permanent red, elevated scar. 

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The infection on my hand is still noticeable and still itches sometimes. I was prescribed Clobetasol Propionate Ointment by the dermatologist which really helped after the antibiotic treatment was done. I still use it sometimes. 

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Are you diabetic? 

Severe anxiety messes with the immune system and makes you more susceptible to any kind of infection. 

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