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Why I have had inflamed & itchy skin on my left hand just below the thumb & what could have happened ?

The other day a small area on the back of my left hand just below the thumb started to itch. For about 7 hours, it gradually became painful, and I realized there was a pocket of pus. So I drained the pus, and the area was still inflamed, but I supposed the swelling would go down after awhile. But when I woke up the next morning, it was pus filled again, and even more of my skin was inflamed. In fact, the skin over one or two of my veins, running all the way from the wound to my shoulder, was bright red and itchy. I discovered this fifteen hours ago, and although the wound seems much better, the line of inflamed skin is as red and itchy as ever. What could have happened ?
Asked On : Mon, 11 Apr 2011
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Dermatologist 's  Response
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Since it started with itching and then developed pain and pustules ,it seems to be a insect bite reaction.You need to take a course of antibiotic along with oral anti allergic medicine.Topically one should apply antibiotic and steroid combination cream .This you should start two days after you have started oral antibiotic .Consult a dermatologist who can prescribe you these medicines.

Answered: Sat, 7 May 2011
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General & Family Physician Dr. Shainaz Arif Kaware's  Response
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The thing started as itch & then inflammed;so it could be a cellulitis of skin developed due to scratching & got infected.The inflammation;pus;red;itchy suggests there is still infection.It will be advisable to consult a doctor for physical examination of the infection then he may prescribe the necessary antibiotic & anti-inflammatory to control the infection.Please consult a doctor as soon as possible.
Answered: Mon, 11 Apr 2011
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