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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Practicing since : 2004
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User :   Last year I got a grape size lump in my right armpit. It was very sore to the touch. My doctor said just by looking it was an infected hair follicle and prescribed an antibiotic and it went away in a few days. But a few weeks later it reappeared and so I was prescribed another round of antibiotics and it disappeared but now a year later I have another one. It should be noted that my blood sugar level has been elevated even after trying to cut down on carbs. Everything else in the blood work was within standard levels.
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Pls. give me few secs. to go through your query.
User :   hello
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   May I ask you a few questions pertaining to your problem ?
User :   yes
Doctor :   May I know your age please ?
User :   59
Doctor :   May I know if you have any other chronic problem other than diabetes
User :   no
Doctor :   May I know since how long you have been a diabetic ?
User :   wait, I have high blood pressure and take lisinopril, atenolol & baby aspirin each day.
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   I have not been diagnosed diabetic yet
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   How are your blood sugar levels now ?
User :   I haven't checked since January
Doctor :   Usually hair follicle infections are common in people with diabetes due to poor blood circulation to periphery.
Doctor :   and skin.
Doctor :   or in hypertensives.
Doctor :   do you have hair follicle infections in both arm pits or only one ?
User :   Will they go away without antibiotics or do I need to take antibiotics to get rid of them?
User :   only one
Doctor :   You need to take both topical antibiotic and oral as it is difficult with just a ointment or cream.
User :   okay, thanks
Doctor :   Please start using Cleocin cream for the topical application.
Doctor :   And start antibiotics
Doctor :   thank you for consulting me
User :   is it over the counter?
Doctor :   Do you have naything else i can help you with ?
Doctor :   yes very much.
User :   No, Thank you
Doctor :   Take care
Doctor :   bye for now
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