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Difference between boil and pimple

A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antoanella Calame
Pathology 20 years experience
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
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
A Verified Doctoranswered
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.
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
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
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.
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
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Bark
Dermatology 50 years experience
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
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.
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Smith
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Does not matter: If infected needs medical attention. Leave diagnosis to physician. Treatment not that different.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darryl Blinski
Plastic Surgery 47 years experience
In/Thigh/lesion?: Each has different treatments for care. Thus you need in person doc visit..