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Swelling around eye with STAPH infection. Treatment.

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My husband developed a bump/boil on the edge of his eyebrow near his nose. It became really red and swollen and he developed swelling around his eye and forehead. He went to the doctor this morning, they diagnosed it as a staph infection. They did not drain it due to the proximity to his eye. He is not running a fever. They gave him a shot, antibiotics, special soap and a cream to put on on. They did not do a blood test. Naturally, I'm concerned because of the proximity to his eye and the risk of a serious infection. I will monitor him for fever and any changes to the bump, but want to know how long we should wait before seeking additional help.

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Thank you for your query at
I understand your concern.
Staph infection is common in and around areas where there is hair, and also involves the eye lids at times.
However the good thing is if treatment is initiated immediately, it resolves in 3-4 days.
Since he got the antibiotics, and the cream, it is expected that he will recover in another 3-4 days. If the swelling gets bigger, or the redness does not come down in 3 days, then you can get it rechecked by your local doctor.
Please do not worry.
Let me know if you have other queries,

Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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