Q. What can the open sore on head be?

Answered by
Dr. Sadaf Mustafa
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on May 04, 2016 and last reviewed on: Feb 19, 2020

Hello doctor,

My husband has an open sore on his head. It is the size of a softball with redness under it and it is causing a shocking pain into his ear. It is swollen and has caused soreness in his neck and swollen adenoids. It looks like it has mucus or pus, which is trying to come out, but nothing does. He has been squeezing it like a pimple and soaking it with hot water and Epsom salt. Previously he got bit by a spider twice and the wound had to be cut open and drained, but it has never got like this before. I can send pictures for your reference.

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

General Medicine Internal Medicine
#

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

  • It just appears (attachment removed to protect patient identity) to be an infected sebaceous cyst that is infected now.
  • I see you have tried to drain it. It should be seen by a physician ideally either in an urgent care or dermatologist or by a surgeon as soon as possible. They will have to remove the capsule of the cyst.
  • He would also need antibiotics treatment for it since it looks infected.
  • I would not suggest delaying it. It is not an acute emergency, but it is a relative urgent matter.

Probable diagnosis:

Infected sebaceous cyst developing an abscess.

Treatment plan:

Excision of the cyst and antibiotic treatment preferably Keflex (Cefalexin), Bactrim (comprises of Sulfamethoxazole and Trimethoprim) or Doxycycline.

Regarding follow up:

For further information consult a internal medicine physician online.---> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/internal-medicine-physician


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