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Suggest treatment for hard lump on neck

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Posted on Thu, 14 May 2015
Question: I had a hard ball on my neck and unfortunately tried to pop it. It was very hard and not like a normal pimple. It ended up becoming inflamed and there is now this very hard circular ball under the skin (if you gently squeeze under you feel it). It does not seem to be anything but hardened skin, and the top layer is shiny and pink, but if gently squeeze, can see lighter (dead?) skin. I am worried why it stays hard, and also don't want a scar. Hopefully it won't turn white if I just put stem cell cream on it and leave it alone. What is hard ball? What should I do. It has been 2 weeks.
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Answered by Dr. Geetika Paul (28 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Kindly provide pictures and details

Detailed Answer:
Hi

I understand your concern regarding your skin problem and I hope I am able to help you in the same.
From the description you have provided,it looks like you have developed a lesion of folliculitis.
I would like to have a look at the exact skin condition.
Please click some close up pictures of the affected area and upload them here on this page.

Did you applying any cream / medication over it .

I am sure I will be able to help you better once you provide me the pictures along with the above details.

Dr Geetika Paul

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Follow up: Dr. Geetika Paul (12 hours later)
Hi there. I just saw this since my computer told me I was unable to finalize payment for this service, so assumed question did not go through.

Thanks for your response and the information.

I don't have a picture just yet, but am applying lifeline stem cell cream to it twice a day. Will it go away on it's own if your diagnosis is right (I realize you would need a picture to confirm).

Thank you,
Kim
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Answered by Dr. Geetika Paul (11 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Take treatment for infection

Detailed Answer:
Hi again

My assumption is you may have developed a lesion of foliculitis or pyoderma. And topical antibiotic cream like neosporin or mupirocin works better on it. Apply the cream over the affected area twice daily. And keep the affected area clean and dry.

Stem cell cream will surely aid in healing, but keeping the area clean and application of an antibiotic is very essential . You might a course of oral antibiotics if the lesion tends to persist or increase.
You may take some oral anti inflammatory agent like ibuprofen or paracetamol along to bring down pain and inflammation.

Please post a picture whenever you are able to.

Dr Geetika Paul
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Brief Answer: Kindly provide pictures and details Detailed Answer: Hi I understand your concern regarding your skin problem and I hope I am able to help you in the same. From the description you have provided,it looks like you have developed a lesion of folliculitis. I would like to have a look at the exact skin condition. Please click some close up pictures of the affected area and upload them here on this page. Did you applying any cream / medication over it . I am sure I will be able to help you better once you provide me the pictures along with the above details. Dr Geetika Paul