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Potential for staph infections can be quick

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Staph infections can become serious in a short span of time. (Source: MGN Online) Staph infections can become serious in a short span of time. (Source: MGN Online)

Laurie Lincoln-Swaim is a busy, working wife and mom whose time is limited.

"I was at work and just having a normal day and I kept rubbing the inside of my leg as I had morning meetings," she said about one fateful day.

She noticed nothing unusual until lunchtime.

"I ran by the restroom, and that's when I noticed that I had a bite on my inner thigh... I pressed the pause button on the project I was working on and I researched spider bites and things like that to see if I could identify what it might be," said Laurie.

Pictures on the Internet indicated a non-poisonous spider bite, so she went back to work. But when she got home that evening the area was hard. 

"As I was changing clothes, it had more than doubled in size and that caught my attention. But even still I thought, 'I'll take a Benadryl. It's not a big deal.'"

Laurie went out of town as the rash spread. Upon her return, she got pressure from her husband and finally visited a walk in emergency care clinic, where it was quickly determined she had a staphylococcus infection.

Laurie was lucky the staph infection wasn't worse. "It definitely was a lesson learned."

That lesson learned involves going to see a doctor, no matter how small that infection is. You don't want it to get worse.

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