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How do you know if a pimple is infected

A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Gromko
Family Medicine 48 years experience
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
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
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
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bryan
Dermatology 32 years experience
Acne: It is more likely to get larger, tender, draining pimples that may become infected if they are picked, popped or scratched. I would recommend seeing ... Read More
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Dr. Rowan Paul
Sports Medicine 16 years experience
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
A female asked:
Dr. Ernest Degidio
Family Medicine 20 years experience
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
Family Medicine 38 years experience
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 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brad Goldenberg
Pediatrics 36 years experience
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 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Basics: These are usually a low grade infection of the hair follicles due to invasion by a form of staph germ. You often carry these in your nasal passages wh... Read More
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Dr. John Ebner
Dermatology 18 years experience
Herpes can spread: If you have a cold sore (Herpes Simplex infection), it is quite possible to see it spread to other break out areas around the face. However, this is ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 years experience
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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