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difference between pimple and mole

A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Glenn Messina
34 years experience Aesthetic Medicine
Don't know: A pimple if picked at could lead to a thickened skin mass but you should see a dermatologist for an evaluation

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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Trimas
32 years experience Facial Plastic Surgery
Yes that is possible: You can get a pimple in pretty much any location including a preexisting mole.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Maloney
34 years experience Plastic Surgery
Mole pimple: Pimples can occur anywhere in the skin even under moles. Moles are usually not tender. I would suggest you follow up with a dermatologist who can make ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
That is : Possible.
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
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience Dermatology
Moles and freckles: Freckles are small brown spots usually found on the face and arms. Freckles are extremely common and are not a health threat. They are more often seen ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
50 years experience Dermatology
Melanoma: Melanoma is a potentially serious form of skin cancer. A regular mole is not a skin cancer and rarely regresses into a skin cancer.
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 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.
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Binh Ngo
Dr. Binh Ngo answered
17 years experience Dermatology
Yes: There is a big difference between a normal mole and melanoma. We look at the characteristics of the lesion abcde (asymmetry, borders, color, diameter ... 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 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 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 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louise Andrew
45 years experience Emergency Medicine
See Wikipedia: A mongolian spot is a particular type of birthmark. Like almost all birthmarks, it is completely benign. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/mongolian_spot ... Read More
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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 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. 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 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 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang
49 years experience Dermatology
Color: Certainly, blackhead looks black and whitehead look white, but it's not that simple. Blackhead and white head both are mild/early forms of pimple/acne ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Tighe De Soto
14 years experience Cosmetic Surgery
Infection vs not: A pimple is a tiny infection in a pore. The white stuff inside is pus. It's basically a very small abscess. There are many different kinds of cyst, ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Have it examined: There is no normal skin growth. The growth may be benign or malignant which can only be settled by examination by a doctor and may require a biopsy an ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Farhad Rafizadeh
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Pimple and sebaceous: A pimple is an infected oil gland in the shin. A sebaceous cyst is an accumulation of oil gland material in a membrane that forms the cyst. It usually ... Read More
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 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Debra Atkins
19 years experience Dermatology
Thanks for asking!: A wart looks like a pimple that is very 'ragged' on top and it typically does not itch or respond to most topical products (except liquid nitrogen and ... Read More
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