Is this staph that I'm feelin'?
August 3, 2013 4:09 PM Subscribe
YANMD, but I'm trying to determine if I have a staph infection, or just a nasty bite.
I've got a swollen, pinkish area on the back of my knee which has a tiny black scabby area in the center.
posted by nohaybanda to health & fitness (9 answers total)
About four days ago, I noticed a very small bump on the back of my knee. It itched, I scratched it a little, and I went about my way. I assumed it to be a mosquito bite since there are loads of them around right now.
It now looks to be something a bit more gross.
About half of the back of my knee is now swollen, pinkish, itchy and festooned with a lovely black scabby area in the center of the swelling. The entire area is maybe the size of a fifty-cent piece.
A similar thing happened to me in 2010, and I treated it by swabbing the area with alcohol, using a compress, and taking Benadryl (I assumed it to be a bug or spider bite gone bad). It cleared up after three weeks or so, and mainly just itched to the point of driving me mad.
I can sometimes get a little hypochondriac-y, and sometimes turns out to be now. I managed to finally convince myself that this is not gangrene or a venous ulcer, but in the process of looking at symptoms came across staph infection as a possibility.
For those that have had staph, or close to someone who has, I ask:
Does it typically itch?
How quickly does it spread?
If it hasn't spread over the course of the past few days, is it likely to be easily home treated?