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Ok so I've had this staph infection for about 4 months now (that I can recall) under my chin and I have been on several batches of antibiotics. It goes away but not completely and then comes back. This last time they prescribed it to me (they changed medications 1/2 way through the dosage on me when they took a culture and found out it was a staph infection) they stated if it didn't work I would have to go to a dermatologist. Well I just got a call from the doctor's nurse and she gave me the #'s to an infectious disease doctor but told me I needed to go to the emergency room tonight to be safe.
Now I told this to my mother, who used to be a nurse herself. She said that our insurance doesn't cover ER visits unless they are life threatening and it would cost hundreds to thousands of dollars for a hospital visit. I can probably get an appointment with the infectious disease doctor early next week, but I'm still worried about this. I mean what can happen as a result of this? I've had this for a LONG time and I was really worried that it was something horrible at first, but then they said it was just a simple infection. Now the worry has come back. Add to that I just found out an old friend died (was murdered, different cause but scares the shit out of me none the less) so I don't know what to do.
I want to go to the ER because I'm just freaking out right now. She says for her to look at it and then we'll decide what to do. I mean at this point you can barely see it (its just a little red lump) although its pretty easy to feel it. What should I do? I mean this doctor I go to doesn't make sense. They take me off the original antibiotic when they found out it was a staph infection and put me on a new one. But then when I get a refill they go back to the old one (even though I pointed out that it was the old one several times). Plus the flyers around their office are all for botox treatments and fake tans. So I know they are real doctors and all, but these facts just make me a bit apprehensive.
Anyway I realize that I am in a panicked state of mind right now, got any advice on what I should do?
Btw: Other than the bump being there I have no other noticeable symptoms that I could attribute to a staph infection.