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Persistent boil on the chest area that has gone deep into the skin, is tender and has reddish pink appearance. Infection or scar tissue?

Hello! I had a spot that never formed a head on the top of the body of the sternum, right in the middle.. it was tender like a boil next, then went deep and under the skin, where, 4 years later it still resides, still tender ish, and looks like a thumbnail sized reddish pink bowtie! Everyone who sees it, (it can be seen if I wear a slightly open shirt easily) wonders what it is.. And I d like to know if there s a name for it, and possible treatment. I did try to lance it myself once, after going quite far into it I gave up.. It feels like an infection that s trapped but it could also be scar tissue? not sure..there doesn t appear to be any skin pores there anymore.
Asked On : Fri, 6 Jul 2012
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Hi i think it is hypertrophic scar or keliod .it is common on the chest .it can be cured by intralesional steriods once in fortnight for 4-5 sittings and application of retino a lotion 0.025 daily at night time. Along with supplementation of vitamin e can cure the condition.
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