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Small hard lump in my right calf - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   This spring I developed a small hard lump in my right calf (about the size of a dime). It was not painful, just annoying. My doctor looked at it and said if it changed in any way to let him know. This week another lump, larger (about the size of a quarter) harder and showing very red on the skin surface, has appeared a centimeter or so from the other one. I am now outside the country. I have called my doctor, but he won't be in his office until Wednesday. Is this something I should be really worried about?
Doctor :   HI,
Doctor :  
User :   Hello
Doctor :   yes, i can help you on your query, can i ask you some more details on the problem ?

User :   sure
Doctor :   May i know the color of the skin over the lesions ?
User :   The original one is normal skin color. The new one is quite red
Doctor :   ok, Is any one among filled with pus /

Doctor :   ?
User :   They're not open lesions. Just hard lumps.
Doctor :   Need not be open , I meant are they pus pointing ?

User :   no
Doctor :   ok, do you notice any change in the lump size and appearance on stretching the calf muscle ?

User :   no
Doctor :   ok, then i consider the lesions to be due to Folliculitis
User :   Can you explain what that is? And should I be worried about it?
Doctor :   appropriate antibiotics have to be put on after confirming the diagnosis
Doctor :   by detailed examination
Doctor :   Folliculitis is the inflammation of the hair follicle , due to bacterial infection of the hair follicle , and its a quite painful condition , can become pus filled if not put on antibiotics
Doctor :   it can occur in any hair growing skin
User :   So probably no need to fly back to US to my doctor. I could seek medical help here in Mexico?
Doctor :   yes,

User :   I have a very good doctor here
Doctor :   as early put on antibiotics so fast the cure will be
User :   Thank you for your assistance. Much appreciated.
Doctor :   is there anything i can help you with ?

User :   No that's all.
User :   thank you
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting , kindly provide your feedback
Doctor :   Bye for now
Doctor :   take care , have nice time ahead
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