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Hi there, this is my first time here, and I apologize for the length. My 16 year old son had a deviated septum surgery in January (2019). He seemed to be healing normally in his post-op visit, but by late February and March, we were noticing he still was congested and could not breathe any better than before surgery. We took him in for a follow up appointment and they took a culture and discovered staph infection in his nasal passages. He was treated with oral antibiotics. They didn't work, so he was prescribed an antibiotic/steroid rinse. That only irritated him worse, so he was given an ointment to use for a while in his nostrils. Symptoms were still there, so we got another culture and they discovered a bacterial strain called klebsiella. Oral antibiotics were given that it was responsive to in the lab (very strong version of Bactrim). Culture after finishing that was clear infection. Symptoms soon returned. Another culture was taken and came back showing staph again except it is now a strain that is resistant to many antibiotics except for some stronger ones that they don't like to prescribe for children who are still growing, like Levaquin.
We have gotten a referral to an infectious disease doctor who sees kids his age and are waiting to hear back for an appointment now. I am very worried about how all of this is going with the strains of infection becoming more and more difficult to treat and always coming back. We have also done different types of rinses, like chito rhino, we've taken oral probiotics like lanto sinus and rinse/swished with them, we've done prolonged flonase use, etc, all along with the antibiotic treatments we've been prescribed. He has never tested positive for any type of fungal infection, but with all the antibiotics he's been given, we figure he needs to replenish with good bacteria. Besides the fact that we are heartbroken he is having to go through this, our son has a huge love for running and participates in cross country and track at the state level. We try to help him take very good care of himself and don't want him having to use anything that is going to damage his body or stop him from doing what he loves. But most importantly we just want him well. I'm posting this just to see if anyone has any experience with a similar situation or any insight to give us that might be helpful. I would very much appreciate any help or advice I can get. Thanks so much!!
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