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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi
User :   Hi Dr, i woke up thismorning with a funny yellow lump on my arm. It has a few dots around it, and is painful and itchy. any idea what it is?
Doctor :   How many
User :   One big lump then 3 smaller little dots around it
Doctor :   Is it red or yellow?
User :   big yellow lump, about 2cm wide, others like a pin
Doctor :   Were you bitten by any insects'
User :   i am not sure, as i was asleep
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Were you exposed an gross and plants night before u went to sleep
User :   but there are no bugs in my bed, or any visibly bugs in my room
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   Usually any lump , in one day is red , and mostly due to some allergic reaction to any thing, or insect bite
Doctor :   But if it is yellow I suspect infection at the root of hair follicle
Doctor :   Only infection will give yellow color
Doctor :   Any bite, allerg give bump with red color and itching
User :   there is one hair sticking out of it, mabey that is the problem. should i bust the yellow thing?
User :   and pull that hair out?
Doctor :   No, do not do that, it will get further infected. Infection will spread by physical manuvers.
User :   ok, so i leave it there?
Doctor :   natural imminity will fight the infection
Doctor :   Just leave it and clean with antiseptic lotion
User :   is there anything i can do to reduce the lump on my arm?
Doctor :   I recommned a benadryl tablet for 3 days at night
Doctor :   If the lump increases in size and does not relsove and if u get pus, u need antibitics.
Doctor :   Other wise it will subside
User :   ok. what is benadryl?
Doctor :   Any anti allegic medication
Doctor :   It is anti allergic medication like cetrizine
Doctor :   Do u know any over the count anti histamine
Doctor :   You can use that.
User :   yep, zertek, claratine, etc.
Doctor :   Right , exactly
Doctor :   use that
User :   ok, thanks heaps. Bye :)
Doctor :   Dude nice chatting with you
Doctor :   Take care
User :   same to you, thanks, take care yourself.
Doctor :   Bye
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