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Small, red, painful zit on shoulder blade. Surrounding areas hot. Applying neosporin. Medical care required?

I have a painful zit that I discovered on my right shoulder blade 2 days ago. It was painful so I thought that it needed to be popped. It was small and red at the time. Since then it has not grown in size, but has popped a couple more times. What is concerning is that the surrounding area is hot to the touch and red. It is painful when I m trying to sleep and I wonder if it s infected. The pimple itself has not grown significantly in size. Do I need to see a doctor or can I take care of this at home? I ve been washing it and putting neosporin on it and bandaging. Thanks.
Asked On : Sun, 24 Feb 2013
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Hi, thanks for posting your query

you seem to have a boil on your right shoulder,which is pus filled . Due to collection of pus the surrounding area is red hot and painful

The exact size of it is not mentioned , its better to see a doctor for proper examination.

You need to start oral antibiotics and local application of mupirocin cream

The pus has to be drained by a minor procedure incision and drainage , by a doctor. This will decrease the pain significantly

Hope this solves your query
Answered: Mon, 25 Feb 2013
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