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Pimple on stump's base

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Hi Guys,

hope there is someone who can help me here. i discovered yellow fluid(like broken blisters) on my sock when i took my prosthesis off last night. I discovered a pimple like thing on the base on my stump. I squeezed it and instead of fluid or pus, a small red piece of flesh, i think it's flesh, came out of the hole. My doc say it's imflammtion & the thing shld go back in with washing + antibiotics. Has anyone encountered this before?

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If you had one discrete skin lesion and a discharge with pus, that's a skin infection, likely Staph, that is causing some inflammation. It should be OK but get right back to the doctor if it seems to be getting worse. You didn't mention what kind of leg system you were using or how long you've been an amputee, but I found this to be a recurring problem during the first year or so after I got my leg. I have a silicone liner and pin system, and these can be prone to causing skin problems. The antibiotic the doctor prescribed should be helpful, but in order to prevent this from happening again the trick for me was to be really clean--do not wear liners or socks that come in direct contact with your skin more than a day without washing them with antibacterial soap or detergent. Keep your stump itself really clean--if necessary (like if you get sweaty), use packaged moist cloths and hand sanitizing gel during the day to keep the stump clean and dry.

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Thanks for the tip. I am a right AK(knee disarct to be exact). Currently i'm using a soft foam with a stump sock, that goes into the hard socket. I'll be changing to silicone linear soon. I'm still a newbie, having been an amp for 5 mths and only using this leg for 3 months +.

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Damn it man...the pimple is actually a result of internal stitch lines not dissolving in my body. It broke thorugh the skin and caused small infection. I had to undergo a minor op to have all the lines removed. As of now, i've not been able to wear my prosthesis for 3 weeks.......waiting for the skin to close up after the op :(

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Well, nuts. Very sorry to have mislead you into believing it was just a minor skin thing. But, despite the aggravation of not being able to use your leg, it's best that you had everything taken care of. It's always hard to be patient with the healing process. I'm still recovering from a knee injury that happened at the beginning of October. While I'm much better and more mobile, it's still deeply frustrating to not be functioning at 100---er, 75--%. Hope you're better soon.

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