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I have a zit like lump on the bridge of my nose. It has been

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I have a zit like lump on the bridge of my nose. It has been there for the past 3 years or so and every time I try popping it, liquid comes out and eventually it scabs over. But once the scab heals, the liquid/lump/zit returns. How can I get rid of this?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Dermatology
Expert:  Dr. Nair replied 3 years ago.
Hi,

Can you take a photograph of this bump at your convenience?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Hi! I will take a picture of it and send it to you tomorrow. Thanks1

Expert:  Dr. Nair replied 3 years ago.
Sure no problem, I check in everyday.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Here's a picture of the zit like lump on my nose.graphic
Expert:  Dr. Nair replied 3 years ago.
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Thank you for the photograph. The reason why this red bump has not subsided for many months is because it may not be a pimple at all. The two main possibilities are Keratosis Pilaris and Actinic Keratosis.

Keratosis pilaris is a condition caused by microscopic scales occluding follicular orifices (hair follicle openings). The dots can be skin coloured, whitish or reddish. The condition is absolutely harmless and has a waxing and waning course. Actinic Keratosis is caused due to sun damage.

Here is the treatment for Keratosis Pilaris:

1. Retin-A cream applied once a night over the most affected areas. Benefit usually takes 6-8 weeks of regular use.

2. Moisturizing cream with 10-20% urea. Use a cream such as Urea care cream ( http://www.amazon.com/UREA-CARE-6-OZ-TUBE/dp/B000VTC3Q4/ref=pd_sim_bt_1 ) twice a day over the affected areas. You can combine it with Amlactin cream, applying it 10 min after Amlactin.

3. Vitamin A 25,000 IU once a day after breakfast for 4 weeks.

4. Avoid soaps on the face. Switch to a soap free face wash (Nivea makes one)

NOTE: Retin-A cream will require a prescription. The rest can be bought over the counter.

Give this a try - if there is no improvement in 4 weeks then Actinic Keratosis is the likely diagnosis and this will need to be lasered off or treated with 5-FU or imiquimod cream

Hope this information is useful, please feel free to ask if you have any queries.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Would keratosis pilaris or actinic keratosis have liquid in it?

Expert:  Dr. Nair replied 3 years ago.
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No, but the liquid could just be a serous fluid secreted due to your trying to pop it.

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