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A 24-year-old female asked:

i picked a pimple on my neck (i know, i shouldn't have). it is now hard, swollen and painful! how long do antibiotics take to work?

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Dr. Charles Gordon
Specializes in Adolescent Medicine
Depends: If the organism is sensitive (is killed by the antibiotic) then usually pretty soon in a few days. But if you have an abscess which is walled off then it may be difficult for the drug to enter and you may have to have a surgeon incise and drain it first. Good luck! And remember, that's why your mother told you to stop picking at your skin!!

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