Khloe Kardashian Battles Staph Infection She Contracted While Caring For Lamar Odom

Khloe Kardashian contracted a staph infection while caring for Lamar Odom and the 31-year-old reality TV star is currently being treated with strong antibiotics. Due to her illness, Khloe was forced to cancel several appearances for the promotion of her new book, Strong Looks Better Naked. A source confirmed to People magazine that Khloe became infected from being by estranged husband Lamar Odom’s hospital bedside, and that the condition is aggravated by stress. She was reportedly diagnosed with the bacterial infection after noticing lumps on her lower body.

“She is at home with antibiotics and is closely monitored by a physician,” the source was quoted as saying.

Shortly after her diagnosis, Khloe Kardashian posted the following tweet to her millions of followers.

“Dolls! So sorry I needed 2 re schedule my book signing. I’m sick & dr’s orders are that I need to lay low until we narrow down what’s wrong,” the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star wrote. “Ill be going for more testing today. I’m very sorry again. Stress can run our bodies down so please everyone take care of yourselves.”

According to Medicinenet, Staphylococcus (staph infection) is a group of bacteria that can cause a multitude of diseases. Staph infections may cause disease due to direct infection or due to the production of toxins by the bacteria.

Lamar Odom, 36, was found unconscious in a brothel in Nevada on October 13, and Khloe Kardashian left everything to care for him. After four days in a coma and a week in a hospital in Las Vegas, the former NBA star was transferred to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he now remains.

Khloe can not visit her husband right now because of her health condition, but a source close to the family confirmed to People that she is recovering well and just needs some rest and medication.

“She is so frustrated by the fact that she was doing something good and then this happens,” the source said. “She just needs some medication and some rest and she will be fine. She’s under a doctor’s care and they are happy with how she is progressing.”

TMZ wrote that Khloe has a lesion on her leg which became incredibly painful. She developed a high fever, swollen glands, and was also sweating profusely with intermittent chills.

Meanwhile, Khloe Kardashian spoke with Natalie Morales from the Today show and revealed details about what it was like when she learned that her husband was found unconscious in a Nevada brothel.

“It’s a horrible call to get,” she recalled. “Getting to the hospital and knowing he’s in a coma and having to run these tests or make medical decisions. It’s terrifying. You have to make risk-and-reward decisions,” Kardashian continued. “Like, OK, well, there’s an 80 percent chance if we do this operation, he might pass away. But also if we don’t do it, there’s a 90 percent chance he’ll pass away.”

Khloe also revealed that it could take years until Lamar fully recovers.

“He is learning how to walk again and learning… cognitive therapy and speech therapy,” she explained. “They think, like, within a year and a half to two years that, mentally, he might be fully recovered. But they don’t know.”

Although many were confused by the break in the divorce proceedings between Kardashian and Odom, Khloe clarified that the “divorce is still going forward.”

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