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I have a small lump on the left side of neck and kind of behind my left ear. Its not an abscess or a pimple. quite firm like a bone. It hurts at times?

I have a small lump on the left side of neck and kind of behind my left ear. Its not an abscess or a pimple. quite firm like a bone. It hurts at times?

Possibly lymph node?: Have lymph nodes throughout our bodies to protect us. Some are near surface of skin and you can feel. If you've had an ear infection recently or possibly scratched your scalp nearby the node could have started to swell as it pumped out lymphocytes. If it doesn't go down in a few weeks go see your doc. ...Read more

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Abscess (Definition)

Abscess is a condition in which a person has an infection in a part of his body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by his white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) where the infection is. Abscesses can be very small like an acne pustule, or they can be ...Read more


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Hi, I have a painful red pimple like abscess on my groin area. It was popped and all is fine . Is this normal? I also am a dancer and sweat a lot.

Hi,  I have a painful red pimple like abscess on my groin area. It was popped and all is fine . Is this normal? I also am a dancer and sweat a lot.

Painful pimple : Nothing to worry about. It could be an ingrown hair. Would need to see it before diagnosis. As long as it has drained, no worries. ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I had root canal on abscessed tooth, but the pimple has gotten bigger!?

What do you recommend if I had root canal on abscessed tooth, but the pimple has gotten bigger!?

See your dentist: The "pimple" is also called fistula. It is a sign that there is a dental or gum infection and your body is draining it out. See your dentist for re-evaluation, x-rays and treatment options if needed. ...Read more

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Hi there, today is my 9th day taking penicillinV500 x 6hrs for an abscess any time I eat I get like a big pimple red then it gets infected. Need advic?

Hi there, today is my 9th day taking penicillinV500 x 6hrs for an abscess any time I eat I get like a big pimple red then it gets infected. Need advic?

Antibiotics: Antibiotics will not cure your infected tooth. The infection is spreading to your jaw bone and may become dangerous. You need immediate Dental Treatment. If a Dentist gave you antibiotic and sent you away, find a different Dentist. If you are self-medicating, or got antibiotic from ER, Urgent Care, or Physician, find a Dentist immediately. ...Read more

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I had a perianal abscess squeezed out in the ER a few days ago. I now have small pimples near that area forming. Is that normal?

I had a perianal abscess squeezed out in the ER a few days ago. I now have small pimples near that area forming. Is that normal?

May be new pbm: Since you had the invasive germs on your skin that triggered the original abscess, it is likely that this represents an early form of the same germ invading other glands/hair roots in the area. ...Read more

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Would a dental abscess cause most of the back teeth on the left side of my mouth to hurt? I have a white pimple above a tooth and the pain jus started

Would a dental abscess cause most of the back teeth on the left side of my mouth to hurt? I have a white pimple above a tooth and the pain jus started

Dental abscess: Teeth that have a small pimple have been infected for a relatively long time. After the tooth nerve dies, the bacteria persists and advances to out of the tooth and into the supporting jaw bone. Over time it spreads and the pimple forms as a vent for pressure relief. It is very common for this eventual pain to radiate to other teeth, but the source is usually just one tooth. See an endodontist. ...Read more

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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

Pimples are a kind of acne, and are a condition where oil gets trapped in a pore of the skin resulting in small area of ...Read more