I am an RN on an Oncology unit and I see a lot of MRSA. I got an ant bite between my toes and it has been there for over 3 months now. It was big and itched bad until I had to go on Cipro for a respiratory infection. Now it is smaller and only itches and does not hurt anymore. I need to know about getting rid of it. I heard if it is MRSA, then I can not work until I test negative. I am single and have only my income. What can I do? I am scared that I may have it and dont know what to do. Thanks for any advise you can give me.
God bless, Nancy
Oncology nurses work extremely hard – and you are surrounded by doctors. I usually can’t make it through rounds without a nurse having me look at their foot. But, I imagine the oncology unit doesn’t see too many podiatrists.
Okay, like any doc, I will help give you some advice but need a better history first.
In the meantime, try not to scratch the bite as that can increase the likelyhood of infection.
It is surprising that it hase been persisting for 3 months. Are you sure it is a ant bite? How did you get the bite and where? What kind of ant?
Is your health compromised in any way–diabetes, poor circulation etc?
Is the bite raised or flat?
Is there any redness surrounding the bite or is there redness extending up your foot or toes?
Is there a rash around the bite?
Is the bite an open sore (an ulcer)?
Is there any drainage or pus? (Is it infected?)
Where on the toe is it located? (Is there constant pressure against the bite from the adjacent toes?
It would be helpful if you could take a photo of it.