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how to determine if a face blemish is a wart or pimple

A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
31 years experience Family Medicine
ACNE: This sounds like acne. Topic OTC agents may help. Consider the following article: https://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0501/p2135.html Seeing the rash woul ... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
20 years experience Pediatrics
There : There is a possibility that she could have molluscum contagiousum which is caused by a wart like virus. They look like little red or flesh colored bu ... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
33 years experience Plastic Surgery
Treat not cure: We still don't completely understand the causes of acne but a fairly clear picture of the outcome. Treatments are targeted to reduce sebaceous (oil gl ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
20 years experience Pediatrics
Warts: First - the HPV vaccine only offers protection towards the 2-4 types of HPV virus that have a high risk of causing cervical cancer. There are over a ... Read More
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Omar Fadeel
47 years experience Internal Medicine
Genital warts: Removal of the mass and send it for biopsy is the only way to differentiate between skin tag and warts.
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. MICHAEL VINCENT
44 years experience Plastic Surgery
No: Do your best to resist trying to "pop" the pimple in an effort to get rid of it. That can leave a potential scar and can irritate it even further. W ... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
No: That's not going to help. The only concern is whether you have something that needs to be removed. If your possible moe shows any signs of perhaps bei ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
When in doubt - eval: American academy of dermatology: asymmetry: 1 half is unlike the other. Border: irregular, scalloped or poorly defined. Color: varied with shades of ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
28 years experience Pain Management
Shingles rash: Preceeded by pain, itching, tingling along the nerve from your back to the area where the rash is now present. You would have had a history of chicke ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allison Holzapfel
21 years experience Plastic Surgery
Experience : An experienced physician can usually diagnose skin disorders just by seeing and examining the patient. Many lesions like moles and warts are easily d ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Miller
35 years experience Wound care
Quick help: Skin is the major protection of our delicate internal tissues from a harsh environment, it is susceptible to injury itself. Sun, shaving and chemicals ... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Zimon
58 years experience Internal Medicine
Needs to: be seen....generally moles have PIGMENT ....STILL the lesions need to be seen and protection taken to not transmit to someone else!!! (ie: condoms)!!! ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
Some suggestions: By this time you should know what a pimple looks like. A true cold sore (herpes) has more of a blister look. Google it for pictures of a cold sore whi ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
Yes, it is: Hard to say what it is. If it does not resolve itself in two weeks, see your dentist.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
43 years experience Dermatology
Bad idea.: You wouldn't attempt to pull your own teeth, or take out your own appendix -- so why would you apply caustic chemicals to your own face? Only an exper ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Alexander
26 years experience Plastic Surgery
Do not "pop": Best to not squeeze due to possible spread of infection and permanent scarring. Moist hot compresses often draw to head. I would seek dermatologist ... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Clarene Cress
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes, it happens.: It is not unusual to get an infected hair follicle on the shaft of the penis that will resemble an acne pimple that resolves with warm compresses in a ... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
33 years experience Plastic Surgery
Will heal on own : Keep it clean and moist using a gentle soap such as cetaphil and cover with petrolatum based ointment such aquaphor or bacitracin. Keep protected from ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Benzoyl peroxide: This is the mainstay of treatment for mild acne. It's cheap and over-the-counter. Use it consistently even when pimples are not present.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Pack
Dr. Mark Pack answered
30 years experience General Surgery
Yes: A mole is just an area of skin that has a high concentration of melanocytes or pigmented cells. Other skin gland such as hair follicles or sweat gland ... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Impossible: Nope. If you are not growing a beard naturally there is nothing to be done to create hair follicles where there are none. About 20% of males do not ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
31 years experience Pediatrics
Keep covered: The main risk of popped blisters associated with burns is the risk of infection. It is important to keep the area clean, covered with an antibiotic cr ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Yes: Some women/men have acne on their chest. However, if you are referring to a bump on the areola (brown area around nipple) that contains white material ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
29 years experience Anesthesiology
See below: If needed this can be done under anesthesia. A simple procedure, but less stressful for the child.

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