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Old 01-24-2013, 03:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy Blood Filled Lump..

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I've posted a couple of times before about damned feline acne! Tinker has had it now for nearly 5 months. We have tried everything and the only thing that has actually helped is wiping daily with unscented, sensitive baby wipes.

It's pretty much gone now (YAY!) but he started getting a couple of pimples. I think one pimple got sore and he made it bleed. I got off the blood but now there is a lump. If i give it a squeeze you can tell it hurts him. Clean blood is coming out, not pus or gunk so I know it's not infected.

I have been washing it with an antiseptic wash. It's not improving.. but it hasn't got worse.

My question is, should I squeeze it again to empty it? Leave it alone? Keep up the wash or go back to the baby wipes.

I don't want to stress him out, he is quite a sensitive cat but I also don't want his acne coming back.. or the lump to get worse!

Any advise would be great Of course, if it gets worse he will go to the vet.
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Old 01-24-2013, 03:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Purely personal but I'd try just gently washing it with salt water ( or water with a diluted disinfectant) and see what happens.
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Old 01-24-2013, 03:27 PM   #3 (permalink)
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No squeezing?
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Old 01-24-2013, 03:30 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If it's clean blood, I think you could afford to leave it for a few days with just bathing (warm not cold) and monitor it. if there is any sign of pus, though you may need anti-biotics.
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Old 01-24-2013, 03:31 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I wouldn't squeeze it, if it were me, because that increases the risk that it will become infected.
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Old 01-24-2013, 03:42 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thats very true! How will I know if it becomes infected?
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Old 01-24-2013, 03:54 PM   #7 (permalink)
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If it begins swelling noticeable, becomes redder by a considerable margin (most healing wounds become a bit redder) and if it weeps with pus. You must also be aware of more general signs in behaviour.
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Old 01-24-2013, 04:06 PM   #8 (permalink)
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He seems ok, ive been away a few days so not seen him until tonight. My boyfriend says he has been ok though.
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Old 01-24-2013, 05:10 PM   #9 (permalink)
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dont squeeze. it brings a risk of secondary bacterial infection.
wipe it if there is anything to be wiped and let it be for few days, without squeezing and touching. most pimples, even if they are healing, need a day or two for swelling and irritation of the tissues (that have been squeezed that's a lot of pressure!) to go down. it's normal.

if it gets infected you will know - it will likely get bigger, more red, warm, and it will hurt (a lot). if that happens go back to vet for medicine for that (topical or oral antibiotic depending on severity).

it's also possible, that even if clean blood is coming out, there is some clogged pore debris inside. if that's the case, in a day of two it will get closer to the surface and you will be able to clean/gently squeeze it out (clean hands!! ) the best think you can do now is just let it be. skin has amazing properties to heal and get rid of pimples and zits
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Old 01-24-2013, 05:13 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Thank you all for the advise! Even stop the baby wipes? Im worried if I do the acne will come back and ive just started winning my battle!
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