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Suspicious growth on my sons neck

By December 8, 2010 - 8:55am
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My 13 yr old son had a tiny what we thought scratch on his neck behind his ear.It kept bleedin alot for such a tiny scratch.Almost overnight it grew to this very large protuding mole looking mass.He says it's completely painless.It is like a round flesh like dome that oozes blood.The GP said its an infection growing outward and gave him Amoxicillin.6 days into the meds it is still bright red, large and oozing.We put warm water rags on it.Anticeptic solution and keep it very clean and bandgaded all but at night.It looks like a large bloody mole to me.what the heck can this be?

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Hi burkes76,
Thanks for your question and for finding EmpowHER. Since you son is currently under the care of a physician for this alleged infection, you may want to call their office to explain your concern. If you want, ask to be referred to a dermatologist, or just ask the doctor for more information about what to expect and when you should raise more concern if the growth doesn't seem to be responding to treatment. Or, if your insurance allows, just schedule an appointment with a dermatologist in your area to get it checked out further. As a mother, I know how anything related to your child's head can be super scary. You are doing good to advocate for your son's health. And from what I've read online about what you describe, everything says to seek medical care from a doctor. Conditions diagnosed range from mastoiditis, infected lymph nodes, ear infection, folliculitis, etc.
Good luck, and let us know what you find out.

December 8, 2010 - 9:34am
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