Bump On Beardies Chin/Jaw

Hello everyone, My babies name is Rex. I adopted him from someone about an hour away from me in Dec of last year. He has a bump on his jaw that the previous owner claims was evaluated by an exotic vet and was told that it was a cyst. I wasn't too concerned about it since he was acting normal, eating good, exploring, etc. However, it began to get bigger a few months down the road. I brought Rex into my local exotic vet and she told me that it feels like an infection. She then later gave me some antibiotics that I injected into him every 3 days. It didn't do anything. Now I am scheduling a biopsy which will cost about $600. I am very concerned and worried. I just want to know what is going on so I can help him get better. I always wonder if there was something I could've done earlier to prevent this. He is still acting normal but with it growing in size and changing shape, I knew I had to get him seen. I have two other reptiles, they are leopard geckos. All three of them are in their own enclosures so I know that he is not bothered by them at all. He is 365 grams per his last visit at the vet yesterday.

Enclosure: 4ft x 2ft x 2ft PVC
Substrate: Peel and stick tiles (sanded down for grip and sanitized before applying them)
Diet: Mostly greens (mustard, collard, turnip) Some proteins (dubia roaches, superworms, crickets)
Lighting: 150 watt heat lamp (big enclosure, couldn't find a hide big enough to bring him close enough to his heat source so I upped the wattage) UVB: T5 HO 5.0 24" linear bulb.
Temps: Basking - 90F cool side - 78F
Warm and Cool end, hides on both sides. Plenty of enrichment and stuff to climb on. He comes out of his enclosure once to twice a day to run around and lay with me. Please let me know if there is anything I can improve on. Picture is from his old enclosure (75 gallon)
 

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KarrieRee

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Hello everyone, My babies name is Rex. I adopted him from someone about an hour away from me in Dec of last year. He has a bump on his jaw that the previous owner claims was evaluated by an exotic vet and was told that it was a cyst. I wasn't too concerned about it since he was acting normal, eating good, exploring, etc. However, it began to get bigger a few months down the road. I brought Rex into my local exotic vet and she told me that it feels like an infection. She then later gave me some antibiotics that I injected into him every 3 days. It didn't do anything. Now I am scheduling a biopsy which will cost about $600. I am very concerned and worried. I just want to know what is going on so I can help him get better. I always wonder if there was something I could've done earlier to prevent this. He is still acting normal but with it growing in size and changing shape, I knew I had to get him seen. I have two other reptiles, they are leopard geckos. All three of them are in their own enclosures so I know that he is not bothered by them at all. He is 365 grams per his last visit at the vet yesterday.

Enclosure: 4ft x 2ft x 2ft PVC
Substrate: Peel and stick tiles (sanded down for grip and sanitized before applying them)
Diet: Mostly greens (mustard, collard, turnip) Some proteins (dubia roaches, superworms, crickets)
Lighting: 150 watt heat lamp (big enclosure, couldn't find a hide big enough to bring him close enough to his heat source so I upped the wattage) UVB: T5 HO 5.0 24" linear bulb.
Temps: Basking - 90F cool side - 78F
Warm and Cool end, hides on both sides. Plenty of enrichment and stuff to climb on. He comes out of his enclosure once to twice a day to run around and lay with me. Please let me know if there is anything I can improve on. Picture is from his old enclosure (75 gallon)
Where is the UVB? Your screen is going to determine the placement and distance for that bulb- I see your using the 5.0 please change it out to the 10.0 bulb - the 5.0 is more for aquarium use and the 10.0 is for reptiles --- I am going to flag your post to Tracie our vet tech mod on here she can better help you w/ this
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nessasimmons

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Update: he got the biopsy done and it turns out it was inflammation surrounded by a capsule of scar tissue! Histopathology said it doesn't seem like there is anymore active inflammation. He is healing extremely well and is getting his stitch removed on Nov 9th.
 

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