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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...Read more


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Does a spider bite look like a regular pimple on my leg?

Does a spider bite look like a regular pimple on my leg?

It can.: But it doesn't have to. When patients come in with "spider bites", basically pimples that keep getting larger, they tend to be staph infections/abscesses. Bottom line: don't try to pop or pick it. If it's getting bigger or really painful, see a doctor b/c it could be the beginning of an abscess. ...Read more

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

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

Bites or no bites: A boil is kind of a 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 it's prey. Interesting question! ...Read more

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Is this a spider bite? Or a pimple? It used to be smaller and a week later it turned red and hard to the touch and it really hurts! please help

Is this a spider bite? Or a pimple? It used to be smaller and a week later it turned red and hard to the touch and it really hurts! please help

Cannot diagnose: Go and see a doctor and this is not likely to be a spider bite, but probably a staphylococcal boil. Go now, don't waste time asking questions on the net of people who cannot see the lesion you are referring to. Good luck. ...Read more

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I woke up with a bump on my arm that looked like a pimple. It was hard and had white stuff come out. It was very painful. Could that be a spider bite?

I woke up with a bump on my arm that looked like a pimple. It was hard and had white stuff come out. It was very painful. Could that be a spider bite?

Bump on arm: Sounds more like an infected pimple. Spider bites do not usually have white material coming out. If this does not clear up quickly, see your doctor to be sure you do not have a MRSA bacterial infection. ...Read more

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Spider bite or pimple, how can I tell?

Spider bite or pimple, how can I tell?

Can't always: Spider bites can have variable appearances. It might cause a pink or red bump with no symptoms. Or it could itch or be painful. Venomous spiders may cause significant pain radiating far from the site, cramping, sweating, necrosis of tissue or worse if there is an allergic reaction. A pimple will usually arise in particular areas of the body ; would not be accompanied by severe pain or necrosis. ...Read more

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Spider bite on face or really big pimple? How can I tell?

Spider bite on face or really big pimple? How can I tell?

Difficult: At times its hard to tell the difference the bits has a central hole yet a pimple may develop the same. I rec. you go to the doctor or ER have it looked at possibly cultured ...Read more

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I have a very painful pimple or spider bite - what should I do?

I have a very painful pimple or spider bite - what should I do?

Lesion: Cleanse site with soap & water. Keep area clean. Often lesions that one might imagine are from a spider bite -aren't. Take care. ...Read more

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

Pimples are a kind of acne, and are a condition where oil gets trapped in a pore of the skin resulting in small area of ...Read more