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A few days ago my 8 year old daughter had a small red spot

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A few days ago my 8 year old daughter had a small red spot on her elbow, which she said hurt. Yesterday she knocked her elbow and this morning when she woke up the spot looked quite large and is filled with puss. I took her to the pharmacist this morning and he suggested bathing it 3 times a day in warm salty water. I am wondering whether a trip to the doctor is in order in case it has become infected. She says it doesn't hurt and it is not red around the spot or inflamed. Should I just keep an eye on it or should I take her straight to the doctor?

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Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 3 years ago.

Dr. David :

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Dr. David :

pus means it has become infected.

Dr. David :

warm salty water is not enough.

Dr. David :

you should bring her to the doctors right away

Dr. David :

or to the A&E department or urgent care center.

JACUSTOMER-7fw76hqf- :

OK. I am at work at the moment but I have just spoken to my mum and she says she has just bathed it and there is no puss in it now. Could the puss have disappeared from this morning?

Dr. David :

more pus will most likely come out later.

Dr. David :

she really needs to get it looked at by a doctor.

Dr. David :

as soon as possible.

Dr. David :

do you have any other questions?

Dr. David :

this infection could spread to the elbow joint or into her blood stream.

Dr. David :

you don't want this infection to spread and get worse.