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difference between boil and pimple

A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antoanella Calame
18 years experience Dermatology
Boil vs Acne: Acne is a skin condition that occurs when your hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells.A boil is a skin infection that starts in a ... Read More

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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
46 years experience Family Medicine
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 male asked:
Dr. Inaam Schneider
43 years experience Internal Medicine
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 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Gilchrist
15 years experience Dermatology
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
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Larry Xanthopoulos
21 years experience Pediatrics
Same: pimple is a single pimple but acne may mean many pimples
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Morris Westfried
45 years experience Dermatology
Virus vs bacteria: Herpes is caused by virus which can be treated by antivirals such as zovirax (acyclovir). Boils are caused by bacteria such as staph and strep and are ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Keira Barr
21 years experience Dermatology
Single vs multiples: Boils and carbuncles are painful, pus-filled bumps that form under your skin when hair follicles become inflammed and infected by bacteria. Boils (fur ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gutti Rao
Dr. Gutti Rao answered
45 years experience Hospital-based practice
Abscess: Abscess- infection of subcutaneous tissue or organ>1cm pusutle is a tiny abscess. A furuncle is an infection of hair follicle, can become an abscess i ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Seema Patel
26 years experience Holistic Medicine
Types of acne: Acne can be whiteheads, blackheads, papules (red bumps), pustules (like the folliculitis pustule) and or cystic deep acne. Folliculitis is just a hai ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Spencer
35 years experience Dermatology
Virus vs. bacterium: Herpes infections are caused by a virus, while carbuncles are caused by bacteria. Herpes infections appear as tiny, clear, painful blisters, while car ... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
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Well...: A boil is an abscess that can be caused by many things including a spider bite. Not all, in fact very few however, cause abscesses.
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bryan
31 years experience Dermatology
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
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience Infectious Disease
Cause/effect: A boil is an abscess--a collection of pus caused by a bacterial infection. Mrsa (methicillin-resistant staph. Aureus) is a type of bacteria that ofte ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christine Hom
29 years experience Pediatrics
Physical exam: Some are bigger, some are smaller and some are more or less inflammatory. Let your treating doctor decide.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Not much: Pustule is a small abscess and furuncle is an abscess of a hair follicle. An abscess is a collection of pus in any tissues.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Morris Westfried
45 years experience Dermatology
Same: A zit is slang for pimple. Larger pimples are called cysts.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Bark
48 years experience Dermatology
Bites or no bites: A boil is kind of a pimple "gone nuclear", and it is more serious, usually the result of an infection. An arachnid, or spider bite, is completely dif ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
33 years experience Plastic Surgery
If Pilonidal, yes: If this is due to a pilonidal cyst, successful treatment may require surgery in order to excise the cyst contents. If not this could recur. Other stan ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Herpes simplex: Herpes is a virus. Folliculitis starts when hair follicles are damaged by friction from clothing, an insect bites, blockage of the follicle, shaving, ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Jackson
42 years experience Dermatology
Pimples: These are part of acne.
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Shenenberger
24 years experience Dermatology
A pimple: Is due to obstruction of a pore (such as in acne) or due to a superficial infection (as in folliculitis). A bite is an actual injury to the skin from ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Words: They are the same. Neither word is descriptive enough to provide any medical comment or diagnosis.

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