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I noticed a bump on the back my neck on Friday went to the doctor Monday. They said it was a staph infection. They prescribed me bactroban cream and bactrum pills. They told me if it doesn't get better to come back Thursday and have it lanced. My mom is in RN so she lanced it for me and squeezed but no pus or fluid came out. She thinks the infection my be deep inside the tissue of my neck. Is it something to worry with? Or just let it heal itself?

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Staphylococcal skin infection can cause furuncles (boils) and carbuncles. Carbuncles are deep abscesses extending into deeper sub-cutaneous tissues. They are common in lower neck region in staphylococcal infection. Carbuncles can be more dangerous than boils as bacteria can easily enter blood stream and affect organs like heart causing endocarditis and can even lead to sepsis.

Carbuncle near neck region should not be taken lightly as it is nearer to the spine. Proper surgical incision into deep tissues and drainage under antibiotic cover is important in your case as simple lancing and squeezing may not drain deep seated abscess properly. This cannot be done effectively in home setting. I advise you to continue the course of antibiotics (oral bactrum and bactroban cream) and visit your doctor to get the abscess surgically drained in a hospital setting.

Hope this helps. Thank you.

Dr. John Monheit
Category: Family Physician-GP
Residecny: North Colorado Family Medicine
Medical School: The Chicago Medical Center
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