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Staph infection

Currently, my husband has a staph infection and is on antibiotics.  This is number 4 outbreak in a year.  He has never had any staph infection before and has an autoimmune disorder since his youth.  He suffers from hypothyroidism and alopecia.  Why now?  How do we get rid of it and is this going to be an issue for a long period.  As my son too has an autoimmune disorder, alopecia should I be concern for him as well?
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1530171 tn?1448129593
I would think that shaving is an irritant, potentially causing more damage to the surrounding  follicles, thus more hair loss, specially when the shaving is not done in a very professional manner-avoiding nicks, pulling and possible contamination.

Prevention is key in order to avoid recurring infections.
Shampoos and soaps made from safe organic ingredients containing essential oils like tea tree oil will be preferable to commercial brands.
Hot tubs & public pools could harbor bacteria and germs, so best have him stay away from such places.
Applying and consuming coconut oil will help, as coconut oil has numerous medicinal properties -antifungal-antimicrobial-antiparasitic-antiviral- often superior to most  medications. Plus it would help repair some of the damage caused by the ABX as Foggy2 mentioned.

Finally, his thyroid regulation should be revisited.
Serum thyroid testing T3, T4 and TSH only indicate ...serum levels.
It is important to test thyroid function by testing for Free T3, Free T4 AND
Reverse T3 -so you may have to pay out of pocket.
To my opinion, this is a fundamental health concern, which should be ruled in or ruled out. Leaving it to chance may have serious consequences.

Proper Thyroid function is vital as the cells heal through voltage (electricity) and when Thyroid function is low, even at sub-clinical levels which is ignored by most doctors, the energy of each and every cell of the body is compromised, resulting in inadequate voltage for healing purposes.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to post again.

Best wishes.
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10389859 tn?1409921868
Since this is his 4th infection this year, I would consult with an Infectious Disease (ID) doctor.  Since it takes a while to get an appt., continue treatment now and you will need to have copies of his records transferred there.

I also recommend that you get copies of all lab/pathology reports so that you know the strain of the organism.  If he was to have to go to the ER, you need to know info. like this.  So in the future, ask the doctor ordering labs to "CC a copy to patient."

Since it sounds like he is slightly immunosuppressed from the frequent use of antibiotics, start using the probiotics now as I mentioned in my previous post.

But I think getting him into an ID MD is your best solution in managing this intermittent but ongoing problem (and perhaps with your son).
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My husband staph infection is on his head around or on the area of his alopecia. He has not had regrowth in that area for over a year now.  We do not know the strain of the infection but a culture was taken and we are waiting for the results.  
The previous infections are unknown. However we think that this infection was due to a bug bite on his arm? Or In the last month he has decided to shave his head on a weekly basis due to the amount of hair loss.  A nick maybe a cause of the current staph infection?  
He is currently on thyroid medication (lex thyroxine) and it is under control. There is no other medical conditions or medication that he is taking at this time expect for The medication for the staph infection, sulfameth/trimethoprim.  
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10389859 tn?1409921868
Where is he getting the staph infections (what part of his body)?  How is he getting infected or injured?  Is he being diagnosed with cellulitis or something else?  I need more information.

If he is getting injured, then being more aware of his surroundings and being more careful is a preventative way of reducing your risk.  Staph normally grows on the skin, but for someone who is immunosuppressed, it becomes more complicated.

Is his hypothyroidism under control?

Does he suffer from any other medical conditions?

Is he on steroids?  What other medications is he taking?

While taking antibiotics, I suggest that he also take probiotics, like in yogurt with live cultures or Florastor to give the body good bacteria while the bad ones are killed by the antibiotics.

I will await your answers to the questions above.  Thank you.
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