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#3488516 Staph In My Nose Caused My Pimples

Posted by k3tchup on 20 July 2015 - 04:15 AM

I have removed Staphylococcus aureus from my nose using Triple Antibiotic Ointment and that has eliminated my nose sores and cured me of what I thought was acne but really was folliculitis.



I am a microbiology graduate student and the lab I teach has a Mannitol Salt Agar experiment where we differentiate S. aureus from Staphylococcus epidermidis. S. aureus can ferment the mannitol sugar and that causes a yellowing of the plate. I have known for years that I am a heavy nasal S. aureus carrier; akin to the right side of this MSA plate: http://www.sciencepr...-bottom-SIL.jpg

 

 

Fed up with semi-monthly noses sores I looked into treatment and came across a publication http://www.ncbi.nlm....pubmed/23377521 suggesting that Triple Antibiotic Ointment is an effective means of removing Staph from the nose.

 

 

I bought the Walgreen's generic brand and applied it 1-2 times a day to both nares using a cotton swab. I tracked S. aureus presence by swabbing my nose and plating it on MSA. After 20 days, I no longer had S. aureus in my nose. https://i.imgur.com/6fiGHHH.jpg Plate one is after 5 days from my left nostril. Plate two is 10 days from my right nostril and plate three is after 20 days from both nares. The Staph was gone and replaced by what I assume is S. epidermidis.

 

 

I did that experiment over 3 months ago and no amount of nose picking has given me a nose sore. I haven't gotten a single folliculitis boil since stopping the experiment. I've gotten those boils semi-regularly since high school, and I incorrectly thought it was acne. 

 

 

My nose has never felt better and my face has never been clearer. Google 'face folliculitis' and see if you are potentially mistaking a Staph infection for acne. Google 'neosporin/triple antibiotic ointment' and you will see people rave about its benefits in dealing already-popped pimples. I've tried that and it worked wonders on reducing redness.

 

Hormones, genetics, oils, etc. all contribute to pimples, but it is bacteria that causes it. Maybe your nose or ears are reservoirs for Staph that is making a bad situation worse.

 

A couple months ago I posted a more detailed, cited

account that you can check on Reddit. http://www.reddit.co...ed_to_my_nasal/

 

I wanted to say thank you for your post and hard work. I believe this really is a hidden issue that people do not think twice about as it appears to have little relevance, but when put to thought it actually makes perfect sense and you have proved it. 
 
As a nurse, the way we swab for MRSA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus,for our patients is through nasal swab as that is the place where it is cultured . Once cultured, the patient is put in an isolation if positive. The staff are instructed to wear specific garments based on source though mostly it means us just wearing a plastic gown and gloves-mask if applicable. 
 
It is no surprise that healthcare works be at greatest risk for this and not even know it. Even me. I suspected it one day while realizing that hey, i do find my finger in my nose more often then I should. Usually as a result of dryness or the occasional nose bleed. Fingers nails are a breeding ground for bacteria and add in the unconscious touch to the face and you just transferred bacteria to your face. I started applying triple antibiotic ointment (that's the closest thing to the prescription treatment) in my nose for about 3 months now. I will say my cystic acne is less and inflammatory acne around my mouth/jaw/nose is nonexistent. I do not apply it everyday, but at least a couple times a week as I feel for me it is necessary given my exposure. I've been in healthcare almost 10 years now. 
 
So, again, thanks for confirming this. 



#3484683 Anyone Else Sick Of Acne Destroying Their Life?

Posted by k3tchup on 16 June 2015 - 05:41 PM

My skin wasn't so bad until about 8 months ago. Then it got horrible, and I mean horrible. It all happened so fast and now I'm left with countless red marks all over my face, plus a few pimples that come and go but never fail to leave scars. I swear to god each one leaves a mark that takes 7 months to go away, and they just keep coming. I have no choice but to attempt to hide with makeup (I'm a  19 year old male) or else I would seriously not leave my house at all. I spend about 20 minutes every morning covering it up, which as a male is extremely depressing and humiliating. Thankfully, no one's ever taken notice (or at least not said anything to my face).
My skin has taken an immense toll on my mental health. It's all I ever think about. It's always at the back of my mind. Sometimes I build up the courage to not give a f*ck, but then I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror and I'm back to feeling like sh*t, if not worse. I'm pretty sure it's given me clinical depression. I've missed out on so many opportunities and so much fun in life, and the things I actually do muster up the courage to do, I can't enjoy because I'm so god damn insecure about my skin. I can't even believe that 8 months ago I was complaining about my "bad skin" when right now I would absolutely 100% be willing to give up a testicle and 5 toes to have the skin I had then. Not even exaggerating, I would rather have clear skin than win the lottery. If a genie popped out of a bottle and could grant me one wish, I would not even hesitate to say clear skin.
I spend all day avoiding situations where I'd have to interact with other people. I used to be extremely outgoing and loved being around people, but I don't want them to see what I've become. My friends think I don't like them because I've cut myself off from them all. I've completely given up on girls because I'm simply no longer attractive, although I'm going to prom in a week with my friend who's in highschool, which I'm dreading (high quality pictures going to be posted all over Facebook. Kill me).
I've developed a legitimate phobia of sunlight/harsh lighting. I feel incredibly uncomfortable in the light because I know my skin looks horrible, and my makeup is probably obvious. It's gotten so bad that if I even see a well lit area on TV or something I get horrible anxiety and can feel my heart beat faster. Speaking of TV, I always notice other people's clear faces everywhere in the media, not a single person with even one zit in sight. People of all shapes, sizes, colours etc but not a single person with acne.
The only time I ever feel alive is at night, when I'm alone and no one can see me and no one will bother me and I'm just alone with my thoughts. It got so bad that I used to sleep all day and skip every class in University just because of my skin, then go to bed at 5am (on a side note, I made 0 new friends because I was too self conscious to talk to anyone).
Obsessing over my skin has essentially ruined my life. And the worst part is, I know it's not going to go away anytime soon. This will probably take years to go away completely. All I can do is sit and waste away these precious years losing my mind over this body I hate. I feel like I've been robbed of my life, and looking back at old pictures I can honestly say I would give anything to go back. Does anyone else feel like this/have their own stories/rants to add?

Oh hell yeah do we have our own stories. I myself was reminded of prom when you mentioned it. Although my skin was okay then. Prom was just not a great experience for me back when I did go twice. So, best of luck to you. I can imagine added stress will be on you with your skin issues, but try to make the best of it.It can be fun if you let it, but you have to let yourself go and not think about your skin. As far as a skin story.. eh its just depressing. 

You cannot look at the media and think that is the way society looks out there all around you. Its very deceiving. I once believed it myself. It wasn't until i forced myself out of the house or out of my apartment to do something-whatever- that I seen their were many others just like me, maybe not as bad, but similar in that respect. It gives a sense of ease really. The media just focuses and glorifies those select few people (obvious models) who represent a small percentage of society to depict what you will look like if you use their products. Or depict what the average american person is or looks like. The cold hard reality is quite different once you step out that door. So my advice is not to think much on it. Who the F%^() cares. I'm a professional working in a very public job, i have had moderate success, I do what I want when I want and life how i like, and i also have acne just like you. Its okay. I do not fit what the societal norm is and that is okay.You will be too




#3484052 Why Can't People Admit That Some People Will Never Get Better?

Posted by k3tchup on 10 June 2015 - 07:33 PM

It won't get better. You're forever scared for life and it will live with you for however long that maybe even until you die. If you tried and tried and tried and nothing has worked even slightly then just give up, stop wasting time, money, and effort and learn to accept this is what you are-move on with your life these are the cards you were dealt


Does that make you feel better? is that what you want? Or do you want people like us to give out hope that there is possibility that while even though the scars will remain the acne may become less and go away. And in the future there maybe improvements in the way this is treated and or fixed. 


You decide. 


#3480566 Paleness And Tanned Body Making Me Sad

Posted by k3tchup on 10 May 2015 - 04:56 PM

You could have a possible skin condition.. Like Michael Jackson. Maybe over use of BP bleached your skin. Or maybe your iron or hemoglobin are  low (or vitamin d3 level) . That's  what comes to my mind when some says their pale.  Hard to say unless we see a pic to see how drastic the change is.  Have not heard of this before.


#3480482 It's Hard For A Man To Get Into A Relationshiop With Acne

Posted by k3tchup on 10 May 2015 - 03:27 AM

To me in short,  your are looking or trying to attract attention from the wrong crowd of people.  Sure I occasionally lust for someone whose probably way better looking,  but that's often where it ends.  While the girls I have met look amazing I actually have a better relationships with "normal" flawed human beings like the rest of us.  Because after the initial lust for a super hot girl dies down what's left isn't always as great as someone with a exceptional personality that many not be model material.

To me stop trying too hard.  Be who you are.  People will accept you or not.  Don't get hung up on those who care for superficial bs.  


#3473790 Big Problem With Aha (10% Glycolic) Lotion

Posted by k3tchup on 05 March 2015 - 10:37 PM

Hey, thanks. Yes it was awhile ago now that I think of it. I was desperate (lol still am i guess) to remove the scars while treating my acne at the same time which can make it all worse really fast. Anyhow I applied it pretty much daily if not twice a day here and there as needed and then kind of all over. I do not know what happened, but I think my skin just had enough. I burned my skin a couple times from it so i went back to only treating scarred areas which was around my check bone and lower jaw- two areas that received cortisone shots for cysts I had in the past. Well i started to notice new scarring. I was upset obviously so I stopped. I really didnt and haven't used another AHA since then. I believe this was back in 12'. My scars are somewhat better, but i guess maybe that's from time it self...




#3473684 Big Problem With Aha (10% Glycolic) Lotion

Posted by k3tchup on 04 March 2015 - 10:33 PM

This happened to me on my cheek close to my hair line. I stopped using it because i sensed it was causing issues with my skin. always left my skin greasy and yellow. aha's thin the skin therefore i contributed it to the scarring. some of that scaring did go away. 




#3461369 Acne Caused By Indigestion And Constipation

Posted by k3tchup on 25 November 2014 - 01:17 AM

@k3tchup I believe acne is a result of a toxic body with a congested liver. The body is not stupid, and many people do not breakout. This is why we need to reduce the amount of toxins that enter the body while building up the organs. If you draw the line at enemas, i dont know what i can say because bowel/colon cleansing is a crucial part of necessary detoxification. 

 

Acne is never just hormonal, dietary, etc. Its from a toxic liver that needs to be flushed. The only thing is that you must cleanse the colon and eliminate parasites first

 

What if any medical background do you have  to stand by this? Regurgitating garbage from a scientific study or homeopathic doctor is not your own knowledge nor should you go saying that is is the sole issue of everyone's acne their pain or suffering.  You think you understand because you may have fixed your problem, but you just scratched the surface of a deeper, more complex issue. 

 

If liver toxins where the cause of acne then explain why people with end stage liver disease and NAFLD do not have severe "acneic" like reactions before they die? Explain why people who suffer with hepatitis A, B,C, D, E, F, and G do not go through the same bouts of inflammatory acne as health men and women. Or why people with half functioning livers, missing majority of their liver, those with cirrhosis are acne free? 

 

Or why people in MODS and SIDS just suddenly don't experience a sudden flare of acne?




#3456821 How Do You Distinguish Leaky Gut Acne From Hormonal Acne And Treat Either?

Posted by k3tchup on 20 October 2014 - 05:05 PM

Controlling your up and down hormones may help more than sporadic antibiotics. Leaky gut is vague, unproven, with different folks finding out (after dieting) it has done nothing or their interventions actually remove something causing their acne which had nothing do with the mysterious leaky gut syndrome that everyone claims. Multiple food intolerance and metabolic disorders can result in the same thing. 

 

I have seen one person finding out they needed more digestive enzymes the next finding out that eating high inflammatory foods exacerbated their acne. 

 

I do not know where to start. But I just do not think leaky gut is something you should put your energy in when all your symptoms relate to endocrine function, and  sex hormones. Simple solution for some has been birth control while others is exercise and low glycemic, inflammatory foods, and an upbeat attitude. 




#3455850 Types And Causes Of Acne

Posted by k3tchup on 13 October 2014 - 06:35 PM

Nodular acne and acne caused by hair follicles getting trapped in the pore then causing inflammation and attracting bacteria to the site (often called a cyst at this point) responded well to retinoids, but more importantly to proper shaving techniques, shaving hygiene, and post shave prep such as after shave with alcohol base. The alcohol closes the pore temporarily, but with continued, daily use has almost eliminated my issues because it reduces excess oiliness 1 day after shaving which therefore reduces bacteria promotion. The alcohol and aspirin content also acts as a mild shedding agent therefore exfoliates the skin, strengthening the pore, also keeping it open to allow the new hair follicle to grow straight through the skin without issue. 

 

This is what has worked for me. When i do get something i use differin to speed up the healing process. So, while i have had different types of acne over the years as time went on and growth hormone stabilized i seen less inflammatory acne to more of the kind that arose after shaving, but i couldnt figure it out and was treating it incorrectly for years. The leftovers i get here and there is just do to poor dietary habits which are my own fault. But i work nights currently so i think that has something do with it. 




#3446809 Over-The-Counter To All-Natural To Confused

Posted by k3tchup on 12 August 2014 - 01:55 AM

Your type of acne looks too severe and inflamed to be helped by any of these means. Your acne is very severe in my opinion and inflammatory! Please go to a dermatologist for real treatment. 

 

Acne is genetic disease don't forget and it's not necessarily going to completely clear with a flawless lifestyle and diet. In my opinion you need professional help otherwise you are going to be permanently  disfigured. And believe me, scars do not heal - they are permanent. Macules fade but scars are forever indented.

I agree with this.

 

Your acne is very much angry, inflammed, cystic, possibly deeper in the dermal layer of skin which would make me think you would benefit from a retinoid- something that would normalize kertanization and skin shedding. Have you looked into something hormonal? Like BC?

 

To treat the inflammed lesions I would suggest going to a regular doc, not a derm, and just getting a short dosage of antibiotics, maybe then start on a face wash and topical while on the medication. This would help the body overcome the excessive inflammation. I would see then if after the antibiotics finish if your situation improves.

 

Its pretty much trial of what works and doesn't per person. I have been work nights 3-5 days a week 12 hrs... and my diet is terrible. I eat all the time to stay awake. Diet Dew is my drink of choice over water. I am doing everything wrong in relation to acne yet I have had no change for the 2 months ive been on nights. Thats me.




#3444514 Please Make Me Feel Better By Reading My Story !

Posted by k3tchup on 31 July 2014 - 01:12 AM

How to cure any skin problem

1.get patch testing and food allergy testing from allergist, and get MRT test from a nutrionist to find out food sensitivities, also get a GI tract panel, and blood panel

Follow this diet protocol

after you get results from MRT you will be guided through a nutrionist for food plan

3.learn how to cure leaky gut

Make sure you take at least 400 billion live active cultures of probiotics a day, with a prebiotic

4.light exercise(jog,walk)

5.relax

6,no hot showers,should be luke warm

7.NO TOPICALS, will prolong process of getting better, and especially no sugar right now, not even fruits, no antibiotics, moisturizer is acceptable, but needs to be vasaline or cerave

8.only wash face with water, look into dry brushing

9. be in a room that is cool

Also never eat more than 6 days in a row, fast one day every week

10.supplements that should be taken

This truly is a condition that needs to be treated from the inside out, and it starts with healing the gut. To my understanding, those who suffer have 1) an overgrowth of yeast in the gut, 2) gut flora imbalance, and 3) vitamin deficiency caused by a leaky gut. When these things are treated, the body heals and the rash disappears(make sure to buy good brands) no supplements should be bought in stores, only through the internet

Probiotic (vsr#3)

Grapefruit Seed extract

Fish Oil

Vitamin D3

Vitamin/Mineral

Digestive Enzymes  before meals

Vit C

Zinc

CoQH

Biotin

Aloe Vera Juice

l-glutamine,

and many others

if you follow this protocol and are desperate for a cure, THIS IS THE CURE, hours and hours of research have proven it cures anything, hopefully everyone can see this, its cured thousands of people, every illness is from within, doesn’t matter what you have, those that are desperate will follow what I have said, and DO NOT go to conventional doctors, they only prescribe medicines and that’s only a temporary fix, your body is telling you through the skin that something internally is wrong and you need to fix it as soon as possible, make sure to get stool samples and urine samples and blood samples. good luck

NO HOME REMEDIES, this will run your face

Read this http://www.healingna...e.com/index.php

Stop advertising. 

 

Statistics please? Controlled studies with results with real people with different forms of acne. 

 

What good is blood samples going to do? A C8 or C14 isn't going to tell you much in relation to skin health and acne or GI health. A CRP and ESR are vague inflammatory markers. And the list goes on What good is all that data going to be to the average individual? Next we have people self diagnosing themselves off of webmd? Come on...

 

Leaky gut is not proven

 

Home remedies? Your saying ALL home remedies under the sun huh?

 

Seriously...




#3444194 If Acne Was Caused By Diet Why Would It Only Start At Puberty?

Posted by k3tchup on 29 July 2014 - 12:12 PM

I think you have some crazy thinking on your doctor belief.
 
If you go to the doc for acne they will do as conventional medicine in med school has taught them. This is prescribing medication. While diet, exercise, genetics and other factors play a role in acne, none of this is directly proven consistently to the point it has made its way into teaching and textbooks. I wish to fix people as much as the next nurse or doctor. I want people not to be ill or suffer from acne, but simply telling everyone "fix your diet" will not work. Again we argue genetics, allergies, independent variables such as exercise, and activity level, age,gender, cost of "better" food. It doesn't all work as well clinically on a large scale as antibiotics or other drugs do. 
 
Even then, how would you feel if the $100 doctor visit resulted in a prescription that read "exercise and eat right" I'm sure you would flip $%^&
People come to doctors to "get something." A long tradition that still continues.

 1) No I wouldn't flip $%^&. I would love it. As would many people here whose complained that a visit do a doctor means an argument about not wanting to take some drug they insist you must have. They don't like to be questioned.
2) is that their excuse for over dosing the population, especially the elderly?  And their excuse for handing out antibiotics for people seeing them for the flu? 
 
No one thinks they don't want to help people.  We think they don't know how. Because they have been indoctrinated into a bad system

 

I wrote a whole response to this however it was lost to accidental refresh. But regardless of what many thing as well as the fact that the blame generally falls on this system. IT is multifold between expectations, tradition, and society believes versus practice, the fact that this is a sue happy society which results in a lot of CYA, the lack of a concrete, predictable nature of acne per each individual or a majority that results in a prescribed treatment that can be wrote into a textbook and instructed to future doctors. The system will not change and will only evolve. One cannot place full blame on just one piece of the machine nowadays. 

 

But do remember that you do have a choice. hell, when i walk in i say what i want, reasonably But do not expect them to know or even give you the answer you want. It is and isn't their fault as described above. 

 

Well, i'm glad you wouldn't mind. Im sure someone with no insurance would just love to pay that doctor bill after knowing that they can't afford to watch their diet because that system too is FUBAR (healthy food more expensive then cheaper less nutritious food). Not to mention they could have done their own google search to find that out. Even if it was part of conventional teaching, still walking out with "diet first" "come back in 6 weeks before i start medication" Is more expensive.Personally I would see it as a slap in the face. I don't go into their office for that, which supports the value of "walking out with something" other than advice. And around and round it goes..

 

Discussing this will change nothing. Just be an educated consumer, but don't expect sunshine and rainbows. 




#3440422 Acne Has Ruined My Life

Posted by k3tchup on 09 July 2014 - 02:53 PM

Scarring looks good on men? This is a first..


#3432542 One, Two, Punch

Posted by k3tchup on 20 May 2014 - 01:24 PM

Wanted to wish you the best of luck on 4th try. rolleyes.gif

 

I limit my mirror time, its something i have been doing for a couple years now. I use 1 mirror only. The same mirror otherwise i just tend to be obsessive with every detail i see in different mirrors and light.

 

You have the right idea to give yourself a break on the bp-easy does it. I have burned myself from it too many times.