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How to get rid of a hard pimple on upper arm?

How to get rid of a hard pimple on upper arm?

?keratosis pilaris: Or dermatofibroma? Or cyst? It could be any number of things. Gentle exfoliation may help but if it doesn't improve within 4 weeks, you may want to see a dermatologist for a diagnosis or treatment. ...Read more

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Acne (Definition)

A common skin condition that causes red or white raised pimples, especially on the face, chest and back. Caused when the sebaceous glands in the skin ...Read more


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Can I get rabies if a dog licked a pimple (not popped) on my arm?

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Can I get rabies if a dog licked a pimple (not popped) on my arm?

Extremely unlikely: It is extremely unlikely if there was not open wound. You should wash the hand throughly just to be sure. http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/exposure/type.html ...Read more

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How can I get rid of pimples on my arm?

How can I get rid of pimples on my arm?

Dx:Hidradenitis supp: If you have 'infected follicles' under the arms then you may have an 'acne' related condition: hidradenitis suppurtiva. You should get seen by your primary care doctor or dermatologist to get a diagnosis and get proper treatment (e.g. Oral antibiotics, possible injections). Hope you are better soon! ...Read more

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How do I get rid of a horrible pimple breakout underneath my arms?

How do I get rid of a horrible pimple breakout underneath my arms?

That depends on: whether it is actually pimples or an irritated or contact rash (from anti-perspirant, shaving, new clothing, other skin products). Please have it looked at by your doctor or a dermatologist so that it can be properly diagnosed and treated. ...Read more

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I have these pimples on my arm and they contain white things and i want to get rid of them. What's the best way?

I have these pimples on my arm and they contain white things and i want to get rid of them. What's the best way?

Back and Chest Acne: If there is any scarring, seek immediate medical attention as it may get worse. Over-the-counter benzyl peroxide wash used once daily can be very effective in treating acne on the back and chest. It will bleach one's towels, so use ones that you do not like. ...Read more

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What is causing me to get bumps in my arm pitts and they are very sore and hurt? They hurt like a pimple and they get so big then bust.

What is causing me to get bumps in my arm pitts and they are very sore and hurt? They hurt like a pimple and they get so big then bust.

Hello. : Hello. This sounds a lot like hydraadenitis suprativa. A dermatologist or a family doctor should be able to confirm if this is the cause or it is from a different condition. ...Read more

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What are those common lil white or red bumps most ppl get on arms (can look like tiny pimple)? What causes them?

What are those common lil white or red bumps most ppl get on arms (can look like tiny pimple)? What causes them?

Possible: If they are on the back of your upper arm mostly and kind of firm they might be keratosis pilaris. It's a plugged hair follicle filled with keratin which is made by the skin. You can get rid of them by using a mild exfoliating "puff" when you shower followed by some retin a (tretinoin) type cream (prescription) not sure if this is what you mean. ...Read more

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My back and upper arm have a lot of pimples. Even if i leave them alone, pimples will keep growing in these areas. How do I get rid of them?

My back and upper arm have a lot of pimples. Even if i leave them alone, pimples will keep growing in these areas. How do I get rid of them?

Keratosis Pilaris: Keratosis pilaris is a common skin condition that causes rough patches and small, acne-like bumps, usually on the arms, thighs, cheeks and buttocks. Keratosis pilaris bumps are usually white, sometimes red, and generally don't hurt or itch. Keratosis pilaris can be frustrating because it's difficult to treat. Cerave sa which is over the counter is an effective treatment. ...Read more

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I have pimples under my arms and can't seem to get rid i'd had em for year now i have scaring what do i do about my prob?

I have pimples under my arms and can't seem to get rid i'd had em for year now  i have scaring what do i do about my prob?

See PCP: It seems that you may have hidradenitis suppurativa is a disorder of the terminal follicular epithelium in the glands under your armpits. This condition is a chronic disabling disorder that relentlessly progresses, frequently causing scars, keloids, and contractures. Treatment is not easy, medical and surgical options but you really need to see a physician. ...Read more

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I have pimple-like spots in my legs and arms. I don't know what is it? Why did i get these? How to treat this? Please help me. Thank you.

I have pimple-like spots in my legs and arms. I don't know what is it? Why did i get these? How to treat this? Please help me. Thank you.

Need diagnosis first: before cause and treatment can be given. If you have dry skin, it is not uncommon to get plugged hair follicles called keratosis pili that can sometimes get inflamed, and is treated with moisturizers. If you have infection/folliculitis, this would be Rx with antibiotics. Or this may be some other type of rash. An exam by your doctor is a starting point. ...Read more

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Have a pimple like spot on arm/wrist over 3 months I've scratched off it comes back had basil cell in past what can I try to get rid of it?

Have a pimple like spot on arm/wrist over 3 months I've scratched off it comes back had basil cell in past what can I try to get rid of it?

Prable basal cell Ca: Skin sores that heal, scab, have scab fall off and then sore repeats and scabs is almost always basal cell ca. At times low grade squamous Ca. Easiest treatment is Efudex (fluorouracil) ointment applied every evening and area washed off in AM Repeat x10 Area becomes very red. These are effector cells removing tumor. Follow with A&D ointment daily x10 to complete healing. ...Read more

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I have little whiteheads on the top portion of my arms and was wondering how I can get rid of them. I've had them for as long as I can remember.?

I have little whiteheads on the top portion of my arms and was wondering how I can get rid of them. I've had them for as long as I can remember.?

Keratosis pilaris?: It may be a condition called keratosis pilaris (kp) rather than true "whiteheads." kp is actually retained skin cells around a hair follicle and can feel rough to the touch. There is no cure and often goes along with patients who have hay fever/seasonal allergies. Products labeled as keratolytics like glycolic acid, Alpha hydroxy acid, Lactic Acid may be helpful to smooth out the "bumps". ...Read more

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I am constantly getting big pimples under my arms in what looks like clusters and varying sizes.. What can I do to get rid of them & what causes them?

Folliculitis : Clusters of pimple like lesions in the axilla (or armpit area )are usually infected hair follicles. A common cause is bacteria introduced when shaving. It is important that a clean new razor blade be used every time you shave and the area is clean as well before you shave. In addition applying an OTC antibiotic to the shaved area right after shaving often prevents Folliculitis from occurring. ...Read more

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17yrs. Brown skin.everytime go out I do get signif darker and get tiny pimples along cheeks and shoulder/arms. Worried abt color loss + pimples. Help?

17yrs. Brown skin.everytime go out I do get signif darker and get tiny pimples along cheeks and shoulder/arms. Worried abt color loss + pimples. Help?

Photosensitivity: From your description, it sounds like he may have photosensitivity which essentially means sensitivity to sun exposure. This comes from susceptible patients who have exposure to UV light. I recommend an evaluation by a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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I have pimple like rash on upper left arm, down to my elbow. It seems to get a bit better with antifungal and hydracortizone creams. Possiblities?

I have pimple like rash on upper left arm, down to my elbow.  It seems to get a bit better with antifungal and hydracortizone creams.  Possiblities?

Staph infection: At worst, if they are real red pustules, they could be a topical staph infection. If they are skin colored small bumps, and you have a few on the other arm in the same place, it's a genetic condition called "hyperkeratosis pilaris". Creams help temporarily but do not cure or remove it. You may need to have somebody look at it to tell the difference. ...Read more

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After shaving under my arms, the skin goes dark, like I haven't shaved it and parts of it turn red. I get pimples there too. What can I do about it?

Dermatologist: Make sure you are shaving with a fresh razor. The skin could be getting irritated or infection in the hair follicles. Instead of shaving you could consider laser hair removal, waxing, or chemical depilatory instead...though you may have similar irritation. Also consider seeing a dermatologist for evaluation and treatment of dermatitis caused by shaving. ...Read more

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My 4 year old daughter have whiteheads on her upper arms? How I can get rid of that ?

Whiteheads : On the arms sounds more like keratosis pilaris ( dry skin). Use moisturizer , skin cleansers or apricot scrubs. Or leave them alone. Self limiting but, takes time to go away .They are harmless. ...Read more

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I get these huge spots/pimples on my face and arms. My skin feels grainy with loads of blackheads. Help?

I get these huge spots/pimples on my face and arms. My skin feels grainy with loads of blackheads. Help?

Get serious Rx: When it's this extensive, you'll need prescription-strength rx assuming this actually is acne. With this many blackheads, a retinoic acid preparation is likely to be helpful in combination with some other medication, probably systemic. ...Read more

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I get a lot of blackheads & whiteheads on my arms. What are some ways to get rid of them & the scars they left in the past?

You can use: A retinol, prescription strength is best, to get rid of the black and whiteheads on the arms. I would not reccommend trying to treat scars while there is active acne but fractional czo2 ablation works well for acne scar removal. ...Read more

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

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Facial Pimples (Definition)

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