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What is the bump on the back of the neck?

My husband has a bump on the back of his neck. It started off looking like a tiny black head, but when I tried to extract it nothing came out. Now, a month later, the bump is still there, but it's now red and inflamed. Clogged hair follicle or something more serious?
Fri, 20 Jun 2014
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HI.
Thanks for your query.
With the history you have provided, this looks to be an infected sebaceous cyst.
He needs to take an antibiotic and anti-inflammatory medicines under the guidance of a Doctor and apply liquid povidone iodine locally. This area b( back of neck) of the body is very sensitive and does cause a problem of irritation.
After the proper treatment I would advise this to be excised for 2 reasons.
One: he gets rid of a disease which can cause recurrent problems of infection as he already got it.
Secondly - you get a perfect diagnosis what it is.
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