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Swollen neck. Flaky skin near swollen area with yellowish liquid. What could be this?

The left side of my neck is swollen, from googling I found it is likely swollen glands. I dont have a job or medical insurance so a visit to the doctor isn t likely to happen. Today I noticed the swelling has receeded slightly and the pain has diminished, but near the center of the swollen area the skin has started to get a little flaky, I gently scraped away the flaky skin and noticed some yellowish liquid. My question is does that liquid have to do with swollen glands?
Asked On : Mon, 15 Apr 2013
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Welcome to healthcare magic forum !!

From your description, it looks like either you have a pyodermic lesion over your neck or it is a case of vector dermatitis....
In either of these, there can be development of a painful swelling over the affected area with oozing of fluid at places...The yellowish liquid can be pus discharge from the infected lesion...
Now firstly i would advise you to keep the area clean and dry as much as possible...Do not apply any kind of moisturizing creams/lotions or oil over the affected area...
Clean the area with lukewarm water or give warm saline compresses twice a day and apply an antibiotic cream like mupirocin gel over the area twice daily...
If inspite of the above measures, the lesion persists or continues to increase in size, then you might need a course of oral antibiotics along with pain killers..In that case, i would advise you to visit a dermatologist for proper assessment and treatment

Hope it helps
Dr Geetika Paul
Answered: Tue, 16 Apr 2013
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