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Question: itchy bumps turned lumps that pop with puss


 alishacrandell - Tue Sep 09, 2008 11:26 pm

i thought they were bites at first cause they were very itchy the more i get daily the bigger they com and a couple have pussed after i scratched them. what do you think they might be?
 John Kenyon, CNA - Sat Sep 13, 2008 9:06 pm

User avatar Hi there -

There are two possibilities which come to mind, and they are related: first, they might have been bug bites to start with, and then got infected because of being scratched (this is not as unusual as you might think). Second, they could be due to a primary infection due to having been exposed to something which permitted bacteria to enter a tiny break in the skin. Usually these are staphylococcus infections. A third possibility is an allergic reaction to something ,but it seems less likely given the description. Either sort of infection would now be treated pretty much the same way, with either oral or topical antibiotics. You'll need to show the lesions to a doctor and probably have something prescribed to clear it up. In the meantime, do your best to avoid further scratching (I know, it's not easy) in order to avoid spreading the infection.

Best of luck to you.

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