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hi. i have a pimple underneath my left underarm. the head of it is red. i'm scared. is it just a pimple or a boil?

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Dr. Roy Arnold
47 years experience Internal Medicine
Could be a boil: Infected hair follicles can develop into an abscess (boil.) Likewise sweat glands can become infected. Warm compresses tonight and call your doctor tomorrow. Thanks for trusting HealthTap!
Answered on Jan 30, 2015
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Dr. John Michel
46 years experience Family Medicine
Pimple: If it is small this is mostly likely a pimple. do not Squeeze it. Apply warm compresses to help open it up three times per day. If you squeeze it , it could become much worse and develop in to a deep infection. if it frightens you see your doctor.
Answered on Jan 30, 2015
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Dr. Glynis Ablon
29 years experience Dermatology
Use warm compress: and see doctor. A little topical hydrocortisone won't hurt but need to make sure it is not infected, and may need oral antibiotics if not clearing
Answered on Jan 30, 2015
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