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How does a boil's appearance differ from a pimple's?

How does a boil's appearance differ from a pimple's?

Boils: Are infections - and typically are more swollen and more painful, more hot and red, and significantly larger than a typical pimple. And the pus inside looks different than the drainage from a whitehead. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

A very common skin condition that starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the ...Read more


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How to get rid of pimple/boil on face?

How to get rid of pimple/boil on face?

TLC: You can gentle soak the area with luke- warm water and gently express the contents but do not manipulate too much. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a boil or and zit/pimple?

Size mostly: A zit/pimple is a hair follicle filled with oil and dead skin cells and bacteria. But it is just one hair follicle. An abscess (a boil) is usually much larger, it starts as one hair follicle but then the bacterial infection spreads to a much larger area (the size of a nickel to the size of an egg). Boils need medical attention. They need to be lanced and you might need antibiotics. ...Read more

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I have a pimple/boil on vagina from shaving, what can I do?

I have a pimple/boil on vagina from shaving, what can I do?

Thanks for asking!: Pimple or boil is mainly caused by staph infection .In mild cases you may use cleansers such as Chlorhexidine and apply antibiotic ointment such as mupiricin.In severe cases you may need oral antibiotics. Consult your primary care. ...Read more

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Horrible pimples / boils that won't go away. What could it be?

Horrible pimples / boils that won't go away. What could it be?

Acne is possible: You could simply be having acne but this could also be due to a superficial bacterial infection. I really recommend you see your doctor for evaluation and appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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I have a pimple like boil on my penile shaft i dont know what it is can you help?

I have a pimple like boil on my penile shaft i dont know what it is can you help?

Penile lesion: If you've had no sexual activity with another individual within the past few weeks, this may simply be a pustule which you can treat with warm applications and applying an antibacterial ointment like bacitracin. However if you've had any exposure see a physician or a dermatologist for evaluation and advice. ...Read more

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Could I have a vaginal boil or pimple? Is that possible, because there naturally is no hair in that area?

Could I have a vaginal boil or pimple?  Is that possible, because there naturally is no hair in that area?

See a dermatologist: Large inflammatory pustules in the groin can be infectious or an inflammatory response to oil, irritation, sweat, bacteria, fungus, yeast, medications, soaps or other irritating substances. A condition call hidadrenitis is an acne-like condition that presents as inflammatory pustules in the groin. See a dermatologist for consultation. ...Read more

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Found pimple/boil looking thing on scalp, no blood visible, shape irregular, look closer up saw small brown oval, its like mountain w/ peak, what isit?

Found pimple/boil looking thing on scalp, no blood visible, shape irregular, look closer up saw small brown oval, its like mountain w/ peak, what isit?

See a doctor: Although the description of your condition is detailed, nothing beats the trained eye of a medical expert in determining what may be your specific problem. Please follow up with a dermatologist. ...Read more

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What causes pimples, or boils in groin?

What causes pimples, or boils in groin?

Often bacteria: The groin is a common place to get boils or "pimple like" lesions. Naturally occuring bacteria like staph is on our skin, and sometimes shaving, or small infected hair follicles can get inflamed and irritated causing boils, absceses, or pimple like lesions. You should see a dr. And get an exam and proper treatment, good luck. ...Read more

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What causes pimples boils on the virginia?

What causes pimples boils on the virginia?

Folliculitis: Pimples in the genital region are typically folliculitis, or inflammation of the hair follicle. If left untreated, they can progress to abscess. See your doctor to receive a topical antibiotic or steroid to decrease the inflammation in that area. ...Read more

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How do I remove a dark scar left from a pimple/boil?

How do I remove a dark scar left from a pimple/boil?

Pigmentation p/acne: Dark pigmentation after acne will usually resolve over time. Use of sunscreen will prevent prolonged pigmentary change. Topical acne preparations containing retinol, azelaic acid, kojic acid, and vitamin c help lighten dark spots. Hydroquinone is also an option. ...Read more

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What is a difference between spider bite,pimple, boil?

What is a difference between spider bite,pimple, boil?

Bites or no bites: A boil is kind of a pimple "gone nuclear", and it is more serious, usually the result of an infection. An arachnid, or spider bite, is completely different, with injection of a toxin which the spider uses to paralyze or kill it's prey. Interesting question! ...Read more

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Why the painful boils or pimple like things keep occurring every now and then near hip area? Some staying for a couple of days and some do for months

See a dermatologist: It is difficult to make a proper diagnosis since I am not there to see the condition. I recommend seeing a dermatologist so that they can make a proper diagnosis and give you something to get rid of the condition or relieve symptoms. ...Read more

Boil (Definition)

A boil is an infected epidermoid cyst of the skin. Usually related to sebaceous glands, which secrete waxy/oily lubricant ...Read more


Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

A pimple is a small inflamed spot on the skin. Also known as zit, ...Read more