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mitch1951 , 30 Oct 2015

Skin Picking and Infection

I have been a skin picker for about 60 years, but I am going to try to stop for the rest of my life. Around the end of Sept. 2015, I had two sores and one pimple on my face that I kept picking. I have leukemia, so I have a compromised immune system. I had several painful swollen lymph nodes appear. I went to a walk-in clinic, but the NP sent me to the ER. I had staph infections on my face and was put on Clindamycin. That caused thrush (Candica albicans), so back to the walk-in clinic for Nystatin, an anti-fungal medication. Then I had a terrible bout with colitis from Clostridium difficile that took over my GI tract from taking the Clindamycin. Another trip to the ER for IV fluids (for dehydration) with Flagyl (antibiotic), Zofran for nausea, and pain medication. So 2 trips to a walk-in clinic, 2 ER visits, and 4 medications! Not worth picking sores anymore!!! I hope this experience helps others to stop skin picking!

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October 05, 2016

Nice article!
Face is the primary location for skin picking.

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