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Is a black discolored lump indicative of an infection?

Jan 2014
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I had a bad ingrown hair. I created a hard lump I stabilized it an lanced it. it drained for 2 days the started to heal. it in a bad spot right where my belt from pants hits. yesterday was a week later and it was red again so I put pressure on it an it bled a lot then stopped and again this morning. it is pretty flat now but I noticed the center is a blackish color. infected? or just healing?
Posted Thu, 30 Nov 2017 in Skin Hair and Nails
Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. 56 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Use a triple antibiotic ointment.

Detailed Answer:
Hello. thank you

I am Dr. kakkar (Dermatologist and Venerelogist). I have noted your concern and I have viewed the image.

It seems infected. The blackish thing is perhaps dried blood mixed with discharge - dried crust. I suggest you to use a triple antibiotic ointment e.g Neosporin ointment, twice daily for a week.

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Follow-up: Is a black discolored lump indicative of an infection? 19 minutes later
Ok thank you... I also noticed I have a few pimples on body as well nothing serious just seems like acne. do you think it a coinseccden or something weird
Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. 2 hours later
Brief Answer:
Use benzoyl peroxide gel

Detailed Answer:

I think they are unrelated to this sore. You may use topical benzoyl peroxide 2.5%gel, twice daily, for the acne.

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