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I had a pea sized blackhead near my groin area. Went to a

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I had a pea sized blackhead near my groin area. Went to a doctor to check what it was and he popped it and some yellow stuff oozed out. A few days later, the area around the blackhead started getting hard and now I have a flat oblong shaped lump about two inches in length in that area. It developed quickly over the course of a few days. It doesn't hurt. Some pus still comes out slowly.

I developed a fever and some pain in that area shortly after and went to the ER. They gave me some antibiotics and the fever went away as well as the pain. They tried to use a needle to suck some stuff out but nothing was extracted.

Been a week since then and I'm still on antibiotics. The lump is still there but it seems to change shape based on my posture like it molding to my anatomy. Did some research and it seems like there is something called an inguinal lymph node there. Could that be what's swollen? I'm getting concerned because even with antibiotics the lump is not getting smaller. What could this thing possibly be?

Thanks!
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Hasan replied 2 years ago.

DR HASAN :

Hi

DR HASAN :

Thanks for your question

Customer:

hi dr hasan

DR HASAN :

Just few questions for clarification

DR HASAN :

Hi

DR HASAN :

The lump you have now and that black head area are separate?

Customer:

no the lump has surrounded the blackhead area

DR HASAN :

Is that below the skin or above?

Customer:

the skin is raised. there bump is prominent

Customer:

the lump is underneath the skin

DR HASAN :

ok

Customer:

the bump i mean

DR HASAN :

can you hold it in hand and move from side to side?

Customer:

yes it's not fixed

DR HASAN :

ok

DR HASAN :

which antibiotic you are on?

Customer:

bactrum

DR HASAN :

for how many days exactly?

Customer:

6 days. prescribed for 14

Customer:

twice a day

Customer:

it says 800/160

DR HASAN :

ok last question do you have any scab like thing on that area too?

Customer:

no scab

DR HASAN :

i mean the skin over the area is normal now or not?

Customer:

it's a bit red

DR HASAN :

ok thanks for your input

DR HASAN :

First of all yes it can be inguinal lymph node

DR HASAN :

which has enlarged secondary to the infection

DR HASAN :

Bactrim should be continued for four more days to get the results.

DR HASAN :

sometime its possible that bactrim might not work and in that case Co amooxiclav is a better option but at this stage i would advise you to keep taking it for four more days

DR HASAN :

if the problem persist then ask your doctor for the change of antibiotics

Customer:

i see. i was told by my pharmacist that there were better antibiotics

DR HASAN :

moreover take OTC TAB Aleve twice daily

Customer:

to reduce the swelling?

DR HASAN :

its for reducing the inflammation

Customer:

ah ok

DR HASAN :

yes

Customer:

if it's not the lymph node, what else can it be?

DR HASAN :

yes amoxiclav is much better than this for such skin infection

Customer:

i mean, it's exactly where the inguinal node is from the pictures i see

DR HASAN :

if not lymph node then just a tissue edema

DR HASAN :

nothing else possible here

DR HASAN :

yes but tissue edema can be there too

Customer:

are both the edema and lymph node supposed to be hard?

DR HASAN :

however sounds like a lymph node as per your description

DR HASAN :

Yes both can be hard

Customer:

hmm my original doc actually prescribed me augmentin for 14 days

DR HASAN :

specially you have taken medicines and its sixth day so tissue edema can become a bit harder while being in healing phase

Customer:

i went to the ER and the docs their switched the augmentin for bactrim

DR HASAN :

Ok then

DR HASAN :

Ok i see

Customer:

should i go back to augmentin

DR HASAN :

I prefer augmentin

DR HASAN :

no not now

Customer:

ok i'll switch back, especially since i have mild reactions to sulfas

DR HASAN :

give bactrim a chance for four days

Customer:

oh ok

DR HASAN :

its not wise to quickly switch

DR HASAN :

I wish you good luck that you get well soon

Customer:

i see. so if in 4 days i don't see a change, what should i do?

DR HASAN :

Then see doctor and if he agree too then augmentin

Customer:

great. thanks you were very helpful!

DR HASAN :

You are most welcome

DR HASAN :

:)

Customer:

take care

DR HASAN :

you too

DR HASAN :

bye

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