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    What does a skin infection near the armpit indicate?

Posted on Mon, 9 Oct 2017 in General Health
Question: My 15 year old has what looks like a possible skin infection near her armpit. It's about a half of an inch across. I was wondering if you could tell me what it is, and what she should use on it. Right now she has neosporin on it (that's why it's shiny in the picture).
Answered by Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney 50 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Seems to be furuncle, upload pictures

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for being at Healthcaremagic
According to your complaints it seems to be furuncle.
I would recommend you to upload the pictures of the affected area under the report section of the site so that I can have a clearer picture of the condition and can guide you accordingly.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Raju A.T
Follow up: Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney 14 minutes later
Here is a picture
Answered by Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney 3 hours later
Brief Answer:
Either allergic dermatitis or insect bite reaction, answer few questions

Detailed Answer:
I have reviewed the attached photograph and it seems to be either some insect bite reaction or allergic reaction to something she has used.
Is she having itching, burning or pain on the lesion?
Did this lesion appear suddenly and what is it's duration?
Kindly revert with the answers.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Yogesh D
Follow up: Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney 10 hours later
It doesn't itch, but it burned a bit when i had her put antifungal cream on it (i thought it was ringworm at first). It has been there about 4 days .
Answered by Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Insect bite reaction or irritant reaction, cortisone cream & neosporin oint

Detailed Answer:
It looks more like an insect bite reaction or irritant reaction. It is not looking like a ringworm infection.
I would recommend you to apply a combination of topical steroid and antibiotic like cortisone cream and neosporin ointment on the affected area twice daily for 5-7 days.
This should subside it.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Prasad
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