A 49-year-old female asked:
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i've had a sore on my face for over three months now. the doctor thought that it was skin infection, then shingles. i've had four rounds of antibiotics and it is still not healing. whatshould i do?

3 doctor answers
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Get seen: This is cancer, likely a basal cell carcinoma, until proved otherwise. These can usually be removed with a certainty of cure. A dermatology consult is in order. There are a variety of other possibilities.
Answered on Aug 19, 2013
Dr. Michael Ein
48 years experience Infectious Disease
Skin biopsy: You have had a skin lesion on your face for over 3 months that your doctors cannot diagnose and that has not responded to treatment. I would recommend that you get a biopsy performed and tested for histology, routine, AFB and fungal culture to find out what it is.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
Dr. Oscar Novick
58 years experience Pediatrics
Sore on face: You should have the sore biopsed to rule a basal cell carcinoma.
Answered on Oct 21, 2013

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