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Difference between a pimple and a boil

A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bryan
Dermatology 33 years experience
Boil: In layman's terms, a boil is just a huge, infected pimple. Sometimes they require lancing, or draining. It is usually caused by a staph infection an... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
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Family Medicine 48 years experience
Boil/abscess: usually filled with infected debris or pus. Pimples ( comedones) are clogged oil glans, often contaminated with certain bacteria.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Gilchrist
A Verified Doctoranswered
17 years experience
Size mostly: A zit/pimple is a hair follicle filled with oil and dead skin cells and bacteria. But it is just one hair follicle. An abscess (a boil) is usually muc... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Inaam Schneider
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
Pimple VS Boil: Boile is usually larger & ready to burst & express fluid & pus . At any rate , don't try to express it yourself . Go see a doctor . Anythi... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christine Hom
Pediatrics 31 years experience
Physical exam: Some are bigger, some are smaller and some are more or less inflammatory. Let your treating doctor decide.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Pediatrics 26 years experience
See below: Simply speaking, size and depth of penetration into the skin.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 50 years experience
Probably not: Herpes is a blister with clear fluid in it that crusts over, does not contain pus.
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Padmashri Rastogi
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
You can use salicylic acid containing face wash and moist heat for two weeks and see if the Thickened skin will resolve along with any residue. If it ... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Pimple: I suggest you see a doc. I would not tamper with it to avoid making it worse or getting it reinfected.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. What you perceived to be wo... Read More
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