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Painful, red bump on forearm. Swelling around it. No other symptoms. Matter of concern?

Noticed a very small, painful red bump on my inside forearm yesterday. Today it is painful to the touch, has a faint, slightly raised red ring around it, and is causing the area around it to swell . Feels like an infection of some kind, but no visible whitehead. No obvious injury or bite mark, no other symptoms. Should I be worried?
Asked On : Thu, 21 Mar 2013
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Seems like you have developed a pyodermic lesion...It is a bacterial infection of the skin...
So firstly,,keep the area not apply any oils,moisturizing creams over the affected area..clean the lesion with an antiseptic liquid twice a day and use a topical antibiotic cream like mupirocin over the lesion....If inspite of the above measures, there is no relief, then you might need a course of oral antibiotics,,,In that case, you will need to visit a dermatologist

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Dr Geetika Paul
Answered: Thu, 11 Apr 2013
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