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Suggest remedy for a bump from nail scratch

I scratched my upper lip with my finger nail on accident and then a bump suddenly appeared along the lip line area and it was white for a few minutes but now it s mostly skin colored but with a small amount of red tint to it. What is it I can do to make it go away?
Mon, 27 Oct 2014
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Dermatologist 's  Response
Hi

You seem to have developed a superficial skin infection after the minor trauma caused due to nail scratch .
Keep the affected area clean and dry.
Wash with lukewarm saline water twice daily.
Apply a topical antibiotic cream like mupirocin or neosporin over the affected area twice daily .
Uou might need a course of oral antibiotics of the lesion tend to persist or increase .

Dr Geetika Paul
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