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Difference between a pimple and a boil

A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bryan
Dermatology 32 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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Boil/abscess: usually filled with infected debris or pus. Pimples ( comedones) are clogged oil glans, often contaminated with certain bacteria.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Gilchrist
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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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Dr. Inaam Schneider
Internal Medicine 44 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
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christine Hom
Pediatrics 30 years experience
Physical exam: Some are bigger, some are smaller and some are more or less inflammatory. Let your treating doctor decide.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Pediatrics 25 years experience
See below: Simply speaking, size and depth of penetration into the skin.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang
Dermatology 50 years experience
Location: Pimples usually present on face, in severe and extensive form, on chest, back and upper arms. They are small, usually, at or around hair follicles. "b... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Probably not: Herpes is a blister with clear fluid in it that crusts over, does not contain pus.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Roy Arnold
Internal Medicine 47 years experience
Could be a boil: Infected hair follicles can develop into an abscess (boil.) Likewise sweat glands can become infected. Warm compresses tonight and call your doctor to... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Padmashri Rastogi
Internal Medicine 37 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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