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What's the difference between boil and pimple?

What's the difference between boil and pimple?

Boil vs Acne: Acne is a skin condition that occurs when your hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. A boil is a skin infection that starts in a hair follicle or oil gland. Most boils are caused by a germ (staphylococcal bacteria). This germ enters the body through tiny nicks or cuts in the skin or can travel down the hair to the follicle. ...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


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How do you tell the difference between a boil, whitehead pimple, and cyst?

How do you tell the difference between a boil, whitehead pimple, and cyst?

Physical exam: Some are bigger, some are smaller and some are more or less inflammatory. Let your treating doctor decide. ...Read more

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Hello What is the difference between a boil and big pimple on nose they look similar because I search it up and idk if have a boil or just big pimple?

Hello What is the difference between a boil and big pimple on nose they look similar because I search it up and idk if have a boil or just big pimple?

Word games: Pimples are generally smaller & thought of as being distributed on the face shoulders & back while boils are larger & more common in other locations. The difference otherwise is not important. Both are a collection of pus, often under some pressure. The germs causing them often differ, but labels are a game of words. A pimple can be a boil. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a boil or and zit/pimple?

What's the difference between a boil or and zit/pimple?

Size mostly: A zit/pimple is a hair follicle filled with oil and dead skin cells and bacteria. But it is just one hair follicle. An abscess (a boil) is usually much larger, it starts as one hair follicle but then the bacterial infection spreads to a much larger area (the size of a nickel to the size of an egg). Boils need medical attention. They need to be lanced and you might need antibiotics. ...Read more

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What is a difference between spider bite, pimple, boil?

Bites or no bites: A boil is kind of 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 its prey. Interesting question! ...Read more

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What's the difference between a zip/pimple and a boil?

What's the difference between a zip/pimple and a boil?

Boil: In layman's terms, a boil is just a huge, infected pimple. Sometimes they require lancing, or draining. It is usually caused by a staph infection and often starts out looking like a pimple. If it happens, see your doctor for the best treatment. ...Read more

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Boil vs pimple. How do I know the difference? (groin area). When should I see a doctor?

Boil vs pimple. How do I know the difference? (groin area). When should I see a doctor?

Does not matter: If infected needs medical attention. Leave diagnosis to physician. Treatment not that different. ...Read more

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What works most effectively to put on a pimple/boil after you pop it?

Do Not Pop it: Clean 3-4 times per day with peroxide and put an antibiotic ointment on afterwarsdthis should prevent infection. And you should not pop it on your own as this tends to increase the risk of infection. ...Read more

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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 from the drainage from a whitehead. ...Read more

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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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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 boil like pimple on my vagina in upper corner. What should I do?

I have a boil like pimple on my vagina in upper corner. What should I do?

Blocked gland: It sounds most like blocked gland. Basically pimples. There are a lot of glands in the vaginal area. Sweaty rubbing like with sex can cause dead skin and bacteria to get pushed into the pore and block the gland secretion. Showering after sex and applying a heating pad for 10 minutes 2-4 times daily can help. Get an evaluation if that doesn't help within 3 days. Sometimes drainage is needed. ...Read more

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What can I do if my gf has a boil or pimple on the buttocks, is it gential herpes?

What can I do if my gf has a boil or pimple on the buttocks, is it gential herpes?

Probably not: Herpes is a blister with clear fluid in it that crusts over, does not contain pus. ...Read more

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Hi. I have a pimple underneath my left underarm. The head of it is red. I'm scared. Is it just a pimple or a boil?

Use warm compress: And see doctor. A little topical hydrocortisone won't hurt but need to make sure it is not infected, and may need oral antibiotics if not clearing ...Read more

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Is it bad to have a pimple/boil between your butt crack and your testicles?

Keep it Clean: You can check w/your doc to make sure that's what it is first. Then keep the area clean to prevent infection until it heals. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I have a pimple like boil on the inside on my lip private spot?

I have a pimple like boil on the inside on my lip private spot?

Could be: A bartholin's cyst, a sebaceous cyst, an abscess, an infected hair follicle etc. Med history and examination would be required for accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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Pimples (Definition)

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