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Insect bite that started out as a red dot that 48 hours later is a red ring with a white non pustule center.?

Insect bite that started out as a red dot that 48 hours later is a red ring with a white non pustule center.?

See your doctor: Please follow up with your doctor for a skin check. Insect bites can progress and worsen into skin infections that should be evaluated. Also your medical provider can prescribe treatments for relief from possible itching that you may be experiencing. ...Read more

Pustule (Definition)

A pustule is a pimple-like lesion that is filled with pus, a white/yellow mixture of white ...Read more


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I keep getting bit at night on legs. Ranges from small n itchy to large swollen hard hot itchy painful with pustule. What could it be? Help! Age 21

I keep getting bit at night on legs. Ranges from small n itchy to large swollen hard hot itchy painful with pustule. What could it be? Help! Age 21

Fleas: Where are you when you get bit. It could be fleas or possibly bed bugs. If you are in your bed when this occurs try washing your bed clothes and treating your room for insects. Not everyone is allergic to fleas but if you are they could cause the symptoms you are describing. ...Read more

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Should I pop pustules from fire ant bites?

Should I pop pustules from fire ant bites?

No: You will increase the chance of infection if you pop them let them heal. ...Read more

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Painful pustules. Some are red and flat and some are red and have swelling. There are about 50 of them from my shoulders to my torso. Some on chest.?

Painful pustules. Some are red and flat and some are red and have swelling. There are about 50 of them from my shoulders to my torso. Some on chest.?

Some thoughts...: There can be many reasons for the rash you describe, but i'd first look for any new medications started in the past month, i.E allergic reaction. Also, are you having fever, muscle aches, fatigue? You could be having some sort of infection. Bottom line, rashes like these are very hard to diagnose without seeing them, and because they're painful, I really suggest getting them checked out soon. ...Read more

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I get these huge pustules on my hands and thighs every now and then. They're painful sometimes. What do I do?

I get these huge pustules on my hands and thighs every now and then. They're painful sometimes. What do I do?

Culture: First thing would be to see a dermatologist and get one of these pustules cultured to determine if this is an infectious process or some other skin disorder ...Read more

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Remedy & cause for recurring boil/pustule on top center region between hips. Happens almost every month, lasts for 4 days then bursts. Too painful.

Remedy & cause for recurring boil/pustule on top center region between hips. Happens almost every month, lasts for 4 days then bursts. Too painful.

See a doctor: Get this cultured and you will probably need antibiotic treatment and an attempt made to rid you of nasopharyngeal and skin carriage of staph aureus using Mupirocin (bactroban) ointment in nares and hexachlorophine or chlorhexadine containing soap to wash with (cannot use other soaps while using this because they wash off the antibacterial film it creates on skin). ...Read more

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Itchy bites on legs. Red surrounding area, perfectly round pustule in the center. Doesn't really hurt but is firm when I push on the red area. Warm.

Itchy bites on legs. Red surrounding area, perfectly round pustule in the center. Doesn't really hurt but is firm when I push on the red area. Warm.

Age?: We need to know your age. Please put it in your public profile. We cannot answer questions from minors. Put your country or state, too. Ages and locations can affect our answer, since some conditions are more likely in different places or in different age groups. Be honest! You expect if of us, and we expect it of you, too! ...Read more

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Red, itchy rash on thigh-2 months. 2 different prescribed steroids failed. Now it's painful w/pustules. Thoughts?

Red, itchy rash on thigh-2 months. 2 different prescribed steroids failed. Now it's painful w/pustules. Thoughts?

See a specialist: Painful pustules that are painful need to be taken seriously. There are several diseases that can present with pustules. Actually, any rash that stays in one place for more than 24 hours needs to be addressed. See a dermatologist first, the sooner the better. ...Read more

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I've had a red, itchy rash (thigh) for two months. 2 prescribed steroids-no relief. It's now painful and red with little pustules. Thoughts?

I've had a red, itchy rash (thigh) for two months. 2 prescribed steroids-no relief. It's now painful and red with little pustules. Thoughts?

Folliculitis: This can be from inflammation around the hair follicles and may need a combination of antibiotics and topical medications to treat, see a dermatologist ...Read more

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Have a painful pustule on labia majora. Hurts to wipe after urinating. Will it come to break on own? Go to gyn? Put warm compress and hope it breaks

Have a painful pustule on labia majora. Hurts to wipe after urinating. Will it come to break on own? Go to gyn? Put warm compress and hope it breaks

See a dermatologist: I would see either yout gynecologist or dermatologist. You may need to take antibiotics by mouth. Soaks with warm water do help. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for pustule?

What do you recommend for pustule?

Heat: Short term hot compresse and otc benzoyl peroxide. If necessary topical antibiotics can be prescribed by md. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: pustule?

Infection: A pustule is a pimple-like lesion that is filled with pus, a white/yellow mixture of white blood cells and bacteria. ...Read more

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Multiple small pustules all over body. What do I do?

This raises: Concern about infection. I do recommend medical assessment for diagnosis & treatment plan. Take care. ...Read more

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What is the difference between an abscess and a pustule?

What is the difference between an abscess and a pustule?

Abscess, pustule: A pustule is a small swelling/elevation of skin that contains pus and cellular debris. An abscess is a collection of pus, either close to the skin, with overlying redness and warmth, or abscess collections may also form deep in tissues, internal organs and body cavities. ...Read more

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What are very thin and red pustules on the skin?

Maybe folliculitis: Folliculitis is a condition that presents with tiny pustules at the roots of the hairs. It is particularly common on hairly areas that sweat a lot, such as chest and buttocks in men, and the skin folds (groin, armpits). There are effective topical and by mouth treatments. ...Read more

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Is ipl treatment likely to help with flushing and pustules?

Is ipl treatment likely to help with flushing and pustules?

IPL and Rosacea: Another study looked at the effects of ipl treatment on the persistent redness, flushing, and breakouts associated with rosacea. In this study, 32 patients received between one and seven ipl treatments. Following treatment, 83% experienced reduced redness, 75% said they had less flushing and improved skin texture, and 64% reported fewer acne-like breakouts. ...Read more

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Small pustule under eye, how to remove?

Small pustule under eye, how to remove?

Hot compresses: Depending on the size and cause, frequent hot compresses are a good first step to increase blood flow and encourage drainage. If it doesn't resolve or if symptoms worsen or vision is affected, then recommend seeing your primary care doctor or eye doctor for consideration of the need for antibiotics. ...Read more

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Are the red pustules under my eyes eczema?

Are the red pustules under my eyes eczema?

Not really!: Eczema causes dry, course, rough, darkened skin, but not really postules, unless you get an infection! ...Read more

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What is the huge pustule behind my ear lobe?

What is the huge pustule behind my ear lobe?

Cyst: It is likely an infected epidermal / sebaceous cyst and will require incision and drainage along with antibiotics. Please seek medical attention without further delay. ...Read more

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What is the definition for SEVERE acne? I never had cysts or nodules only papules and pustules.

What is the definition for SEVERE acne? I never had cysts or nodules only papules and pustules.

Old criteria: One set was either five cysts at once, or a hundred come fined or 125 total lesions. The decision to use isotretinoin is a judgement call made if conference with the patient. ...Read more

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What are the red flags to watch for when you get a bug bite? I don't know what bit me but at first it itched and now it's red and painful.

What are the red flags to watch for when you get a bug bite? I don't know what bit me but at first it itched and now it's red and painful.

You have them: Itching is the usual response for the first 2-3 days. Once it is hurting, warm, red and enlarging it is usually infected. You should be seen for antibiotics. ...Read more

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I have this large bump that started off relatively small. I thought it waa a bug bite, but it grew and became painful to touch. What is it?

I have this large bump that started off relatively small. I thought it waa a bug bite, but it grew and became painful to touch. What is it?

Tender bump: This may have originally been an insect bite or an inclusion cyst, but it now is inflamed or irritated enough to be tender. Is there associated redness which would raise the possibility of infection? In any event I recommend that you be examined by a general surgeon for diagnosis and treatment which may include incision and drainage if deemed advisable. In the meantime apply hot (not too hot)soaks. ...Read more