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Dear Just Jenny
One has on the skin a bacteria called Staph aureus, which normally lives on skin. In some people this bacteria level increases above normal levels and can cause folliculitis, boils and cellulitis. It breeds in dark warm places like inside your nose and between your toes. You can try to use Bactroban ointment /cream preventatively in your nose and between your toes, bath with Hibiscrub antiseptic ( be careful not to get this in your eyes) Ask your doctor to send away a swab of the next pimple to the lab to see if you have an antibiotic resistant type. As soon as you see a pimple starting, put Bactroban on and cover it with a Band aid as it is contagious. Do not share towels or washcloths with your family - it is transmitted by touch. Do not use loofahs or anything that may stay wet for a while - it is just a breeding ground for Staph. You may need to take a preventative course of Antibiotics like Bactrim for a month. Check your blood iron levels.
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