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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)

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne 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 face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...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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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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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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Pimple/boil on inner thigh by anus, painful and doesn't wanna pop. Just appeared. What is it?

Pimple/boil on inner thigh by anus, painful and doesn't wanna pop. Just appeared. What is it?

Boil: It's probably a boil. Boils are initially solid before they liquefy and produce pus. Sometimes they just go away without producing pus. Best to leave it alone. Most of these are self-healing. If it becomes very large then see a physician. ...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


Boil (Definition)

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