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how do you know if a pimple is infected

A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Gromko
47 years experience Family Medicine
Look for these clues: Infection usually shows up with redness, warmth, swelling, and pain. But there may also be pus that drains - and will actually help clear the infectio ... Read More

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Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Hot soaks: Do not squeeze this. That could be very dangerous. Use a very warm cloth on the pimple for 15 minutes several times a day until it come to a head an ... Read More
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Dr. Rowan Paul
15 years experience Sports Medicine
Possibly: Honey is known to be antibacterial. Acne can be caused by bacteria.Honey has been around thousands of years. Some studies confirm this property. Med ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Ernest Degidio
19 years experience Family Medicine
Not always: Most common pimples are caused by bacteria, and are therefore, by definition, infected. Infection USUALLY results in inflammation causing 1) redness, ... Read More
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Dr. Susan Rhoads
37 years experience Family Medicine
How old are you?: We need to know your age. Please put it in your public profile. We cannot answer questions from minors. Knowing your country or state helps, too. Age ... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brad Goldenberg
35 years experience Pediatrics
MRSA: MRSA is an abbreviation for multiply resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, and is very infectious. There is a small chance it was transferred from a drinki ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
Pimple: Your pimple may have become cystic in nature. See your doctor because the cyst may have to be surically removed.
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
Antibiotics: Antibiotics will not cure your infected tooth. The infection is spreading to your jaw bone and may become dangerous. You need immediate Dental Treat ... Read More
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Dr. Arthur Balin
46 years experience Dermatology
Infected pimple: See your dermatologist the infected pimple should be cultured warm soaks with an antibacterial soap (such as dial) to try and draw the pimple out. ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
Sebum: No sebum is not usually infected material
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