On Christmas, I noticed that the small opening of the scar (the origin of the initial infection) had scabbed over, which was odd because after the MRSA infection, it healed nicely and there was no scabbing. The next day, there was fresh redness surrounding the little scab, I started applying the topical antibiotic again. By yesterday, it was getting a bit puffy around the edges and oozing blood. (Nice visual, right? You're welcome.) I sent the pediatrician a photo (see, Disgusting Photo Weekly) and she said to continue the topical and add in another round of oral antibiotics, so we started those last night. She said that staph tends to reoccur in the same area at the slightest irritation and we might do this a few times before it finally clears up for good. Dandy! Hopefully this time we started treating it early enough so that we don't get to the spreading cellulitis stage, because it was a wee bit unsettling, waiting for the medication to turn the tide in her tiny little leg. (Fun fact, the week she had the initial MRSA infection I had just had an exam over bacteria and 7 full index cards were dedicated to staph...it is one nasty little pathogen. The one thing I did not learn about staph in that course was just how much it enjoyed spending the holidays at our house!)
Here is a little public service announcement: Never email your pediatrician and jokingly say, "Merry Christmas! Hopefully I won't have to bother you until the new year!" Because then on Christmas Day your child will get into the peanut butter she is possibly allergic to, prompting you to email her (though, you might wait until the day AFTER Christmas to send this, to be kind), and the following day your child's MRSA infection will recur, prompting you to send yet ANOTHER email, complete with disgusting photo. We sure are lucky she loves us.