My son developed a small red sore on his cheek, which after six weeks started to enlarge and secreting some liquid occasionally. Application of antibiotic ointment seems to make it harden but then it breaks up again. Not a lot of exudate comes out. Now it appears that a few more spots are developing but not sure they are the same thing. Family doc has taken two swaps but the results are not out. I am quite worried. Help
Person's Gender: Male
Person's Age: 15
Ointment with antibiotics.
Greetings,What is the size of the sore? How long the symptoms are there? Is there any other symptom? Is there any significant past illness?Regards.
Size of a nickel but not well defined. No pain, itch, or other symptoms. Never had major illnesses.
Thank you for the input.The small red sores can be acne. Cystic acne can be possible. As local antibiotic is not helping, oral antibiotic can be needed. Doctor can decide after the culture report. It is common at his age. Some people can have severe form. You can ask his doctor to get a referral for a dermatologist. Acne often difficult to treat. Regular follow up and different modification of treatment plan can be required. If you have any query, please feel free to ask. It will be my privilege to assist you.Regards.
Family doc said it was unlikely to be acne. Any tumours have similar symptoms?
The symptoms do not sound like tumor in this age. Besides acne there can be other infection of the skin. Swab can find out the type of infection. A consultation with a dermatologist can be considered.
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