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Having red, round, raised and hard bump on back of neck. Hurts to touch. Could it be ingrown hair?

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red round raised and hard size of fifty cent piece. onback of neck where your spine connects and it hurts its been there about 1 month. I dont believe i have been bitten. But could it be a ingrown hair.
Posted Sun, 19 Aug 2012 in Skin Hair and Nails
Answered by Dr. Robert Galamaga 7 minutes later
Hello and thank you for submitting your question.

Your question is a very good one and I will work on providing you with some information and recommendations.

Thank you very much for submitting your high resolution picture. What I see certainly looks like a superficial infection. This is sometimes caused by an infection which develops within a tiny sebaceous cyst. This is actually otherwise referred to as an ingrown hair.

At this point what I see in the picture has progressed to where I think you will need antibiotics. Generally Oralent about us will get these under control and sometimes lead to a complete resolution. However, if this area only responds mildly and not completely you might need to see a surgeon to have what is referred to as an incision and drainage. This is a definitive management of the condition if it does not resolved with antibiotics.

Thanks again for submitting your question. I hope you have found this to be helpful.


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