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What does a reddened area on chin indicate?

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Posted on Tue, 15 Jul 2014
Question: I have a reddened area on the left side of my chin. I am premenstrual, but also have a tendency to get ingrown hairs on my chin. it is swollen and painful to touch. redness is localized to the irritation but swelling extending over jaw. ( a little). No fever. allergic to most antibiotics. started like this yesterday. warm comprees, and triple antibiotic ointment. several small whiteheads in that area where I usually get ingrown hair.
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Answered by Dr. Sanjay Kumar Kanodia (35 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
cyctic acne; No touch; no warm compression

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Welcome and thanks for posting your query to the forum.

I can understand your concern for the reddened area on the left side of your chin.

After reading your problem and analyzing the picture with diligence I can make out the best possibility of "cyctic acne" or in simple words pimples turning into cysts.

To explain you elaborately about the possible condition - Due to blockage of the pres our oil gand and hair root can become inflamed mildly. But due to premenstrual excess of hormones, weather conditions, repeated touching, and hot compression - all of these factors causes acute inflammation of the area which can cause more redness, pain and swelling.

So there can be initial redness and itching with mild pain sensation. As we scratch it or due to exposure to environmental factors such as sunlight, sweating dust and hot humid climate or repeated touching and hot compressions it can get aggravated.

For the betterment kindly follow the suggestions below:

1. Avoid direct sunlight and hot – humid climate.

2. Do cold water compression(and not hot one as can aggravate the condition). You can do it for 3-4 times a day. Take a wet towel soaked in cold water and apply it for 5-10 minutes for 3-4 times a day.

3. Stay in cool environment(preferably AC) and avoid sweating.

4. Do not try to touch the area repeatedly as can cause more inflammation.

5. Do not Pinch pop or squeeze or rub any area.

6. Do not use any deodorants or any cosmetics over and near the affected area.


For the part of treatment - In your kind of cases I suggest my patients to follow the suggestions below:

1. To apply over the counter available calamine lotion on the affected area in day and afternoon time. Apply it in very thin layer.

2. To apply plane antibiotic cream such as Mupirocin or fucidin in a thin layer in morning and at night time. Apply in a very thin layer so that it should not be visible to naked eye. You can apply it for 7 days and then stop it after that.

3. You must take a pain killer -anti-inflammatory tablet for 2 times to reduce the inflammation.

4.If there is any irritation or itching is present then can take tablet “Loratadine” (Claritin) tablet by mouth up to three to four times also if the itching is more.

In case if the welling is increasing in next 48 hours then you may require oral antibiotics.

I hope these information's will help you. If you have further queries I will be happy to help.

"Wish you good health"

Regards,
Dr Sanjay Kumar Kanodia
MD (Dermatology)
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What does a reddened area on chin indicate?

Brief Answer: cyctic acne; No touch; no warm compression Detailed Answer: Hi, Welcome and thanks for posting your query to the forum. I can understand your concern for the reddened area on the left side of your chin. After reading your problem and analyzing the picture with diligence I can make out the best possibility of "cyctic acne" or in simple words pimples turning into cysts. To explain you elaborately about the possible condition - Due to blockage of the pres our oil gand and hair root can become inflamed mildly. But due to premenstrual excess of hormones, weather conditions, repeated touching, and hot compression - all of these factors causes acute inflammation of the area which can cause more redness, pain and swelling. So there can be initial redness and itching with mild pain sensation. As we scratch it or due to exposure to environmental factors such as sunlight, sweating dust and hot humid climate or repeated touching and hot compressions it can get aggravated. For the betterment kindly follow the suggestions below: 1. Avoid direct sunlight and hot – humid climate. 2. Do cold water compression(and not hot one as can aggravate the condition). You can do it for 3-4 times a day. Take a wet towel soaked in cold water and apply it for 5-10 minutes for 3-4 times a day. 3. Stay in cool environment(preferably AC) and avoid sweating. 4. Do not try to touch the area repeatedly as can cause more inflammation. 5. Do not Pinch pop or squeeze or rub any area. 6. Do not use any deodorants or any cosmetics over and near the affected area. For the part of treatment - In your kind of cases I suggest my patients to follow the suggestions below: 1. To apply over the counter available calamine lotion on the affected area in day and afternoon time. Apply it in very thin layer. 2. To apply plane antibiotic cream such as Mupirocin or fucidin in a thin layer in morning and at night time. Apply in a very thin layer so that it should not be visible to naked eye. You can apply it for 7 days and then stop it after that. 3. You must take a pain killer -anti-inflammatory tablet for 2 times to reduce the inflammation. 4.If there is any irritation or itching is present then can take tablet “Loratadine” (Claritin) tablet by mouth up to three to four times also if the itching is more. In case if the welling is increasing in next 48 hours then you may require oral antibiotics. I hope these information's will help you. If you have further queries I will be happy to help. "Wish you good health" Regards, Dr Sanjay Kumar Kanodia MD (Dermatology)