AFOAF's hubby missed about 1/2 of a meth shot three days ago. Started out normal. Small dime size bump, little tender no big deal... A little more then three days later now and it is bright red, extremely tender and HOT! At times the redness spans around his entire arm. The actual "bump" itself is now about golfball+ size.
This FOAF is not stupid. She knows he should go to the hospital. What advice can anyone give for someone who chooses not to go?
From what I understand he's started on some leftover keflex (x3/day) today & does hot compresses when able to.
Thank you much!
Well, swiy should know that meth is lipophobic substance. That mean that is not very souble in (fat) tissue and can stay long time on inject site. If site became infected can be a big problem.Abbcess will form with pus if bacteria infect site.
If that scenario happen, swiy should go to the doctor. It must drain pus and clean the wound.
Hot compress, non-steroid meds (ibuprofen) and clean site can help, but if site swell and if abcess is formed swy MUST go to the doctor no matter how imbaress is it.
Keflex is a good choise, but problem could be meth itself because your body can react to that "foregin" body and start to accumulate pus.If that is not threated swiy could get some necrotic tissue (body shouts of supply to cells) and that dead tissue must be removed. If swiy notice something called "black" wound go immidiate to doctor.
The symptoms you describe are exactly those of an abscess.
If you get it looked at early enough, then you may be able to sort it out with a simple course of oral antibiotics.
However, the longer you leave it, the worse it will get, and it doesn't take long before antibiotics alone become useless. Then you need t get the whole thing lanced and drained, and it ain't pretty. More than that, you'll be kicking yourself for not just going to get it seen at your local needle exchange or drop in centre etc.
There isn't a 'treat it yourself' way of getting through abscesses. Plus, heating up the area with a hot compress, given the area is already clearly infected, will simply help spread the infection and bacteria.
Just go and get it seen to. The sooner the better! Swim's had abscesses before, and you do NOT want to leave them. If it's hot to the touch, swelling - basically doing everything you described, it's infected.
Hopefully you'll just be on a course of antibiotics. Good luck, and don't waste time!
Fuck sorry to hear that shit about swiy.. you ever see that movie Requiem for a Dream.. the dude gets his arm amputated form an absese... next time when he feels it burn the n he isnt in the vein anymore and needs to readjust or pull out and re hit some where else before it coagulates on him... and Swim finds it useful to always be sure to rub in any sort of bump he gets in his arm that way to help it work in and break down so he dont have that crap happen....
When purple panda finally went to treatment she had a bump on her inner arm that was swollen to the size of a golf ball.... The nurse said it could start to turn septic, because lines were running through it. The bigger a miss gets, the more it hurts, and the more infected it gets. Panda had to take antibiotics...
Panda also has nerve damage in her hand from missing... Hand and arm were numb for almost a month and even now when panda's little doggy licks her hand it tingles. No feeling whatsoever. And it's been over a year.
I guess the best advice would be not to miss... But that's real hard when you run out of places.
OP, hopefully your husband has gone to the hospital to get it treated. This post showed what happened to my friend's abcess from a missed hydromorphone shot. That was the best case senario for an un-treated abcess. It popped externally (as opposed to internally which the bacteria will eat through your tissue and muscle and possibly cause you to need a limb amputation). The red/warm/golf ball on the arm was EXACTLY what happened to my friend. It was also extremely painful. It would often wake him up during the night if he laid ontop of his arm. After two or so weeks, he was asleep on his couch and it popped and he woke up with a whole bunch of nasty, thick, smelly puss-streaked blood all over his arm and clothes and couch. It was disgusting.
He didn't want to get it treated because he was told by someone that it would just pop like a pimple and be fine. Luckily, apart from the scar, it was fine but it could have gone very bad. Another great thing about that scar, health care professionals know exactly what it is and have pointed it out to my friend. He tired to pass it off as an infected spider bite but they didn't buy it since it is directly on a (collapsed) vein.
So these are things that should really be checked out. You probably would just be given a prescription for doxycycline or similar and it would clear up without scaring but it may need to be lanced and drained. Abcesses are really something that should be checked out by a doctor and treated, not ignored.