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I have bumps on my face similar to pimples, and the more i pop them, the more they seem to spread. What is it?!

I have bumps on my face similar to pimples, and the more i pop them, the more they seem to spread. What is it?!

Maybe not pimples: It could be molluscum contagiosum, a viral condition similar to warts - and called "contagiosum" for a reason! it could also be a folliculitis due to either bacterial or yeast organisms, which can also be spread by squeezing. The lesson here, obviously, is stop squeezing! and see a dermatologist to find out exactly what it is and get proper treatment for it. ...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


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Bumps on my face not pimples but they hurt?

Bumps on my face not pimples but they hurt?

Without: visualizing these lesions and taking a history - there is no way for us to diagnose them. ...Read more

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I have bumps on my face that look like pimples but are not and they hurt?

I have bumps on my face that look like pimples but are not and they hurt?

May not be acne: Bumps on the face that hurt may be deeper-than-average acne bumps. A dermatologist can help treat them. If they are not acne, and don't come to the surface and break open to drain themselves, then the dermatologist will also be very helpful. Sometimes the doctor can open a bump to see what is inside. ...Read more

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I have a red bump on my face it is not a pimple, its not sore or anything, its on my upper face a little above my nose. What is it and any treatments?

I have a red bump on my face it is not a pimple, its not sore or anything, its on my upper face a little above my nose. What is it and any treatments?

Bumps: The word bump is in no way descriptive enough to diagnose by internet. I am sorry but, your problem will require examination. Please contact your family physician. ...Read more

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I have a bump on my face , its red and it hurts to the touch , it also is shedding once in a while but looks like a pimple . ?

I have a bump on my face , its red and it hurts to the touch , it also is shedding once in a while but looks like a pimple . ?

Probably Acne "Cyst": Arleen, This is probably an acne cyst, which is a ruptured, painful bump where an oil gland ruptured below the skin. The body walls this off and makes a filled cavity called a cyst. Often this is serious and can scar, so you should see a dermatologist for help. Possibly, an injection of the cyst with a dilute cortisone would help. ...Read more

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I have a bump on my face the size of a large inflammed pimple and it looks a sort of bruised color. What's this sound like?

I have a bump on my face the size of a large inflammed pimple and it looks a sort of bruised color. What's this sound like?

Cystic lesion: This can be a rather serious sebaceous cyst situation, and you should never squeeze it - it can make it worse. If anything seek the attention of a dermatologist for assistance- scarring on one face is never an attractive option. ...Read more

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I have a pimple-like bump on my face, i've had the bump for a few months what could it be and should it be checked by a doctor? I have used acne wash on it and i've tried popping it but nothing works.

I have a pimple-like bump on my face, i've had the bump for a few months what could it be and should it be checked by a doctor? I have used acne wash on it and i've tried popping it but nothing works.

If : If your skin tends to be thick, oily, and you have had problems with acne or similar type lesions, chances are you have a sebaceous cyst. If it is something that is bothering you have your dermatologist check it out. ...Read more

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I have a bump on my face just under my eye. Thought it was a pimple but it will not come to a head. It is tender to the touch. Then thought it could be a bug bite. Tried to pop it but it will not pop. Then tried to lance it. Just some clear fluid. What do

I have a bump on my face just under my eye. Thought it was a pimple but it will not come to a head. It is tender to the touch. Then thought it could be a bug bite. Tried to pop it but it will not pop. Then tried to lance it. Just some clear fluid. What do

Possible chalazion : If it involves the lower eyelid not the upper cheek it is probably a chalazion which is inflammation of a clogged meibomian oil gland. Treatment consists of warm compresses and massage and surgical drainage if no resolution after about a month. If the surrounding skin area becomes inflamed a preseptal cellulitis could be occurring which would require systemic antibiotics. ...Read more

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What are those small white pimple like bumps that appear on face?

Milia: The small white bumps that stick around for awhile are called milia and represent small cysts -- they can be extracted by a facialist or dermatologist. ...Read more

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Pimple-like bumps in the head after a haircut, how are they caused?

Pimple-like bumps in the head after a haircut, how are they caused?

Folliculitis: Red bumps on the scalp can occur when the hair shaft is pulled from its follicle, creating irritation and inflammation. Occassionally, fungus or bacteria enter the follicle, creating an infection which requires treatment. ...Read more

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I have pimple like bumps on the back of my head what can be done to heal this?

I have pimple like bumps on the back of my head what can be done to heal this?

Acne keloidalis?: A dermatologist will identify and treat this. Probably a type of folliculitis. Avoid shaving or close cropping of hair this area. Might benefit from antibiotic, usually mino(doxy)cycline in low dose for several months. Shower and shampoo daily. ...Read more

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I've a prblm with my chin &bottom side of face as there appeared tiny pimple like bumps 3 weeks back. It isn't pimple. Now i feel like its spreading?

I've a prblm with my chin &bottom side of face as there appeared tiny pimple like bumps 3 weeks back. It isn't pimple. Now i feel like its spreading?

Folliculitis?: Face rashes can be checked by a primary care doctor or a dermatologist. If there is an infection in the pores or hair follicles, antibiotics may be needed. If it is some form of acne, acne treatments may be used (sometimes acne treatment includes some antibiotics). ...Read more

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I've noticed a pimple sized bump on the top of my head. It's painless and hasn't grown in size. I believe it's been there for years. Should I worry?

I've noticed a pimple sized bump on the top of my head.  It's painless and hasn't grown in size.  I believe it's been there for years.  Should I worry?

Probably no worries: Since the pimple sized area has been present and unchanging for years, and isn't bothering you it is very unlikely to be bad. It is probably a mole or a small cyst. If it changes size I'd have it checked. ...Read more

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I've been finding random, painless, pimple looking bumps on my skin that do not disappear. They are round and shiny, with no crater look,clear on face?

I've been finding random, painless, pimple looking bumps on my skin that do not disappear. They are round and shiny, with no crater look,clear on face?

Difficult to know: Diagnosing rashes without seeing them & then recommending treatment is really impossible over the internet. Best bet is to have a physician look at them. Google " molluscum contagiosum". See if they look like that. ...Read more