Should I take the antibiotics?
April 16, 2009 12:41 PM Subscribe
MediFilter: Should I take the antibiotics for my staph infection, even though it's getting better?
posted by nzero to health & fitness (39 answers total)
Saturday morning I woke up with what looked like a spider bite on the top of my foot. By Monday evening it was hurting like hell, so I went to the ER thinking I had a brown recluse bite or something. Doctor at the ER said it was a staph infection, MRSA by the look of it. She gave me a prescription for a couple of antibiotics and sent me on my way. I tried to fill the prescriptions that evening, but the power went out at Publix (yay free antibiotics) so they weren't able to fill them until the next day. I just happened to have an appointment with my family doc Tuesday morning for something unrelated, and got him to look at my foot. He said it didn't look like MRSA to him, took a culture to test and told me to take the antibiotics until he knew more. I got the prescription filled later that afternoon, but didn't take them right away. The next morning (Wednesday) my foot was looking a lot better and the pain was pretty much gone. I decided at that time that I'd just ride it out unless the test results (which I should have tomorrow) tell me it's MRSA. Is this a bad idea? Am I running the risk of blood poisoning or some weird thing by not knocking this out right away? I'd really love if my body could kill this on its own. I'd call and ask the doctor this, but they're closed today.