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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


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Small, pink bump on inner forearm. Originally thought it was pimple or bug bite. Getting bigger rapidly. Looks like a darker center. Melanoma? Other?

Small, pink bump on inner forearm. Originally thought it was pimple or bug bite. Getting bigger rapidly. Looks like a darker center. Melanoma? Other?

Need exam: There are a few kinds of bug bites that take longer to heal than others. Some spider bites and tick bites could fit what you describe, but melanoma is also on the list. If it hasn't gone away in 14 days you should see your dermatologist or primary care physician. ...Read more

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I'm getting red spots on my back. Itch a little, looks like pimples, but i usually don't get them. My back is covered at night. Can it be bed bug bite?

I'm getting red spots on my back. Itch a little, looks like pimples, but i usually don't get them. My back is covered at night. Can it be bed bug bite?

Maybe: If its bedbugs the red spots would be anywhere the bed contacts your skin and sometimes you'll have tiny blood spots on the bed. Notably you'll have red papules in sets of 3 from where the critters ate breakfast lunch and dinner. ...Read more

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I got 6 straight line of bug bites. I'm not sure what kind of bug is it. It looks like a pimple and painful when i touch it. ?

I got 6 straight line of bug bites. I'm not sure what kind of bug is it. It looks like a pimple and painful when i touch it. ?

Bed bugs: Bed bugs attack in a linear line. I'll bet you notice them after sleeping. Check your bed sheets for small black insects and possibly blood stains. The blood stains represent squished bugs that you rolled over on or spots of blood from your skin due to bed bug bites. ...Read more

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How to I figure out if I have a pimple on my arm or a bug bite?

Arm lesion: A bug bite is usually itchy but a pimple could be painful without itching. I hope that answers your question. Good luck. ...Read more

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An insect bite has taken on the appearance of a pimple. What is this?

An insect bite has taken on the appearance of a pimple. What is this?

Not unusual reaction: It is not unusual for a insect bite to chane its appearance to what looks like a pimple, so it is normal reaction. ...Read more

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What does a bed bug bite look like a giant pimple?

What does a bed bug bite look like a giant pimple?

Well....: Bed bug bites may cause no sx's/signs in some except for 2 small points where skin was punctured by bedbug. When there's a reaction, it may show from an hour to several days after bite. It can cause itchy, pink, swollen, lesions w clear center. In cases of hypersensitivity blisters may develop. A telltale sign is linear track of lesions from sequential feedings – but that doesn't always occur. ...Read more

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I have a bug bite right under my butt? It started as a regular bite then spread to 8 bites...They got really big, and look like pimples w/ white tips

STAPH: This is a staph infection until proven otherwise. Staph can get deadly and real nasty real quick. I have treated over 200 of these in the last couple of years and every single patient thought they had a bug bite. There is a drug resistant staph infection known as MRSA (mersa). You must be seen today. ...Read more

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How can I tell what is a bug bite versus a pimple and how to get rid of it right away?

Bug bite vs Pimple: Bug bite can be treated with topical antihistamine. Pimple can be treated with a warm compress. ...Read more

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Bed bug bite or pimple, how can I tell?

Bed bug bite or pimple, how can I tell?

Bed bug bites may: Cause no sx's/signs in some except for 2 small points where skin was punctured by bedbug. When there's a reaction, it may show from an hour to several days after bite. It can cause itchy, pink, swollen, lesions w clear center. In cases of hypersensitivity blisters may develop. A telltale sign is linear track of lesions from sequential feedings – but that doesn't always occur. Bites are usually. ...Read more

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So a few days ago I noticed an pimple bug bite type thing on the underside of my left arm, thinking it was just a bug bite I payed no attention to it.

More information : I would need more information to answer the question. Has it gotten worse? Is it painful, red, hot, and swollen? If so, see your doctor for a possible skin infection. Good luck! ...Read more

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How do i know if i have a bug bite or an infection? The area on my skin is lifted, hard and red, almost like a pimple with no tip.

How do i know if i have a bug bite or an infection? The area on my skin is lifted, hard and red, almost like a pimple with no tip.

Hard to say: without being able to see the lesion. It sounds like you may have a "boil" or small abscess. Try placing a warm washcloth over the area for 10 minutes and see if this brings any relief. Boils sometimes abate on their own but also may require antibiotics. ...Read more

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Bug bite that was very itchy. Scabbed over when i itched it, now I have several more pimple like itchy bumps. Clear liquid when popped. Profile picture

Bug bite that was very itchy. Scabbed over when i itched it, now I have several more pimple like itchy bumps. Clear liquid when popped. Profile picture

Allergy: It's possible that the serum in the original bite contained material that caused additional allergic reactions in the surrounding skin. Have you applied cortisone type cream to the rash? Taking an antihistamine like benadryl(may cause drowsiness) will also help the reaction and the itch. If redness and burning appear you may be developing cellulitis which requires antibiotic medication and cream. ...Read more

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What other conditions can cause a painless single blister or rash on lip that has fluid in it? A bump that not like a pimple or bug bite

What other conditions can cause a painless single blister or rash on lip that has fluid in it? A bump that not like a pimple or bug bite

Mucocoele: A mucocoele, is a fluid-filled swelling that occurs on the lip or the mouth. These occur where mucus is produced in goblet cells lining the mouth and lips and the outlet is obstructed. The can be recurrent but are generally harmless just annoying. ...Read more

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Hi my husband noticed a pimple like bump on his thumb and told that he has a staph infection. He's not sure if it is that or a bug bite or MRSA?

Hi my husband noticed a pimple like bump on his thumb and told that he has a staph infection. He's not sure if it is that or a bug bite or MRSA?

Could be either/both: Staph infections arise in various wounds and bug bites can be the primary event that becomes secondarily infected.If there was any puss expressed from the site, it is evidence of an infection.Most studies show the majority of these today are MRSA. ...Read more