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Cyst like bumps on arm, bleeding, growing in size, scabbing. Due to diesel fuel spillage?

my husband has over the past few days starting getting cyst like bumps on his arm that grow fairly large, then start bleeding and scab over. His arm looks like the bones are broken as these bumps are quite large...any ideas as to what could be causing this....did have some diesel fuel spill on arm and this started 2 days after
Asked On : Sun, 2 Dec 2012
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Thanks for the query.

Contact with irritants like diesel can cause contact dermatitis which can manifest as itching, redness, swelling, rash, oozing or crsuting lesions and ulcers.
The bleeding and crusting bumps that you have mentioned appear to be due to contact with diesel.
You can take following measures:
1. Wash the area with a mild soap and water. Pat dry
2. Apply an over the counter corticostreroid ointment. This will reduce the irritation, itching and inflammtion.
3. The lesions or the sores which have developed should be kept covered with sterile cobanding. An antibiotic cream can also be applied.
4. Avoid contact with diesel as it can worsen the lesions.
5. In case, these is continous pain, redness in the lesion, fever or malaise consult your doctor as it indicates systemic spread of the infection.

I hope it helps.
Dr Shailja P Wahal
Answered: Sun, 2 Dec 2012
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