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Sore on back of neck

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Could someone help explain why I have a painful sore on the back of my neck. The sore seems to have become more inflamed over the last few days and actually more painful than normal. It's painful to the touch and there is a visible but small, pointed dark discoloration to the sore. Please help Smile
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replied March 20th, 2010
It is, unfortunately, not possible for me to make a specific diagnosis based upon such a general description of this skin lesion, as I cannot examine you. However, you may have an inflamed or infected epidermal inclusion cyst (sebaceous cyst). These cysts often present on the back of the neck, and typically have a dark black spot near the center (where the blocked oil gland opening is located).

When inflamed, these cysts may need to be treated with antibiotics or/and surgery.

Sincerely/ Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS

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