Blink-182's Travis Barker Is Back in the Hospital Due to Complications From Blood Clots

Just a day after being released from the hospital for blood clots in his arms, Travis Barker, the drummer for Blink-182, has reportedly been readmitted due to complications from the clots.

In addition to the blood clots in both of his arms, Barker also has a staph infection, he revealed on Twitter over the weekend.

The 42-year-old was first admitted to the hospital last week, according to People. "Blood clots in both arms and a staff [sic] infection, wasn’t the news I was hoping for. I’ll be back soon, thanks for all the love & prayers," he wrote on Saturday. Additionally, TMZ reported that Barker is dealing with cellulitis, a bacterial skin infection often associated with staph infections.

Although he was released Monday, he ended up getting readmitted Tuesday morning, according to TMZ, prompting Blink-182 to postpone several dates of its Las Vegas residency at the Palms Casino.

"Unfortunately, we will need to reschedule the 'Kings of the Weekend' residency dates at the Palms Casino this weekend (June 23-24) due to the blood clots in both of Travis Barker's arms," the band shared on its social media accounts. "He has been ordered by his doctors to refrain from any activity that may cause further damage or cause the blood clots to travel. As it stands now, he will be prevented from playing until the beginning of July when everything will be re-evaluated."

Staph, cellulitis, and blood clots are all potentially serious conditions that can be deadly if left untreated.

As SELF reported previously, blood clots form when blood clumps inside your veins and can start in or travel to your heart, brain, or lungs, causing potentially life-threatening issues, such as a pulmonary embolism. Standard treatment for blood clots may include taking blood thinners, which are medications that break up the clot, or an implanted filter that keeps the clot from reaching your heart or lungs.

Staph infections form when a type of staphylococcus bacteria infects some part of the body, the Mayo Clinic explains, most commonly causing boils that form in oil glands or hair follicles. Cellulitis is a skin condition caused by bacteria (often the same bacteria that causes other staph infections) enters the skin. Staph infections are more likely to develop in people who have an underlying health condition, a weakened immune system, or who have recently spent time in a hospital, the Mayo Clinic says.

These infections can become especially serious if the bacteria reaches your bloodstream because it can lead to sepsis, a life-threatening complication. But in many cases, staph infections can be treated with antibiotics. Even though the bacteria that cause staph infections are notoriously adaptable and may become resistant to some antibiotics, there are heavy-duty ones that can be administered via IV in the hospital. So, Barker is right where he needs to be.


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