Will I die of possible staph?
February 12, 2014 11:16 AM Subscribe
I have what looks like a staph infection. I've had it for 5 days, and it has been getting better. My temperature is normal. I'm healthy and in my 20s. Normally, I'd just go to the doctor, but I'm locked in by weather. All urgent care clinics and doctors offices are closed due to ice on the road. Do I need to go to the ER via ambulance?
posted by semaphore to Health & Fitness (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I only ask because taxi companies are closed, I can't drive on the ice, and only an ambulance would be able to come and pick me up. It would be very expensive, and my insurance only covers ER if it's a deadly emergency. It would only be covered if I had MRSA and would die otherwise; else, I would have to cover the expected $2500+ bill myself (my last ambulance ride in favorable conditions was around $1500, and who knows how much more it would be in this weather). My friend died of MRSA in her 20s, so I know it's serious--but HOW serious? My infection has been healing and I don't have any warning signs. The weeping from the wound has been diminishing, and the red infection around it is smaller and less red than it was yesterday and the day before. I'm not trying to gamble with my health, but the hospital bill would be a very serious cost to me (student). I don't know if it's MRSA and I don't even know if it's staph--it looks like the pictures on the Internet, but I haven't been diagnosed.