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I have white dried skin on my thumb. Ive tried scraping off

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I have white dried skin on my thumb. I've tried scraping off the white (pus?) and putting on antibiotic, but the white dried matter comes back. What is this? Should I see a dermatologist? Will the doctor cut off the skin?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Nurse Milli, RN replied 6 years ago.

Nurse Milli :

Hi there, does this look or feel like a callous?

JACUSTOMER-zvqnw7dl- :

A bit. It's pretty hard, but not as hard as a callous.

JACUSTOMER-zvqnw7dl- :

I've had callouses from playing guitar in my youth.

Nurse Milli :

ok, thanks...how long has this been there?

JACUSTOMER-zvqnw7dl- :

For about 1 month. I'm generally the type of person who doesn't seek out medical attention unless absolutely necessary (sometimes too late). My dad's a radiologist and he just kind of looked at it and said it may eventually go away.

JACUSTOMER-zvqnw7dl- :

I had a couple of scabs on my arm below which I had a dermatologist remove.

JACUSTOMER-zvqnw7dl- :

But my parents thought that the results weren't too good.

Nurse Milli :

Well, by not being able to look at it limits anyone online from telling exactly what is going on...but if your thumb is oozing pus, it's definitely a sign of infection

JACUSTOMER-zvqnw7dl- :

Yes, I think it's infected--and it's not going away. I'm covered by United Health Care, so I should probably find a dermatologist in network. Thanks for your help.

Nurse Milli :

Yes, I would either go to a Dermatologist or your regular Dr...it might be quicker to see your regular dr

Nurse Milli :

in the meantime, you need to keep the area very very clean and continue to keep the antibiotic cream on it

JACUSTOMER-zvqnw7dl- :

ok, thanks

JACUSTOMER-zvqnw7dl- :

I'll accept.

JACUSTOMER-zvqnw7dl- :

Thanks for your help.

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