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What does a raised red bump with an orange wax like cap on it indicate?

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Posted on Mon, 21 Jul 2014
Question: my two year old has a raised red bump with an orange wax like cap on it. i took the wax off and tried to see what the bump was but he said it hurts him. it does not have a head like a pimple would so I'm at a loss here
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Answered by Dr. Geetika Paul (26 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Please provide pictures and details

Detailed Answer:
Hi

From the description, it looks like your child has developed some form of a superficial infection .
I would like to have a look at the exact skin lesions before we can be sure of the skin condition .
It would be great if you can click some close up pictures of the skin condition and upload them here on this page .
Also please tell since when your child has this problem?
Any associated itching or pain?
What all are you applying over it?

I am sure I will be able to help you more once you provide me the above details and the pictures. .

Dr Geetika Paul
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Geetika Paul (32 minutes later)
I only just saw it today and have not applied anything to it because i do not know what it is. He hasn't complained about it, and I am assuming he doesn't feel it except when i touch it. The surrounding area from the red spot is raised and I pressed on it gently but he said that did hurt him. He has dry scaly skin and red raised skin that we have been applying eczema lotion to because his dr said he has eczema but this pump does not look or feel like those areas on his skin. I will try to upload some pics i took of the bump but my phone camera is not that great.
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Answered by Dr. Geetika Paul (10 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Superficial skin infection, take treatment

Detailed Answer:
Hi

The picture quality is surely not that great but from what I could make out, your child has developed a superficial bacterial infection of a group of hair follicles . This condition is very common in young children .
You simply need to keep the affected area clean by washing it with lukewarm water twice a day . Apply a topical antibiotic cream like neosporin or mupirocin over the affected area twice a day .
Do not apply any other cream or oil over it . Avoid using hair oil too. Make sure you wash the hair every alternate day so as to decrease chances of further infection .

Hope it helps

Dr Geetika Paul
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What does a raised red bump with an orange wax like cap on it indicate?

Brief Answer: Please provide pictures and details Detailed Answer: Hi From the description, it looks like your child has developed some form of a superficial infection . I would like to have a look at the exact skin lesions before we can be sure of the skin condition . It would be great if you can click some close up pictures of the skin condition and upload them here on this page . Also please tell since when your child has this problem? Any associated itching or pain? What all are you applying over it? I am sure I will be able to help you more once you provide me the above details and the pictures. . Dr Geetika Paul