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How long will it take for an inflamed large pimple without a whitehead to go away? Is it a papula?

How long will it take for an inflamed large pimple without a whitehead to go away? Is it a papula?

Usually a few days: Large pimples that do not have an outlet like a whitehead, may represent significant inflammation under the skin, and sometimes the presence of pus underneath. Some pimples may actually be a cyst related to certain sweat glands. A papule is a swelling of the skin of a certain size that may or may not be a pimple. Try not to pick or pop it as that may make it worse. If it gets bigger see doc. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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How long will it take a large whitehead pimple on my left side of my forehead to go away? Do I pop it?

How long will it take a large whitehead pimple on my left side of my forehead to go away? Do I pop it?

About a week: "large" means different things to different people. If large, it might still dry up without popping, but it also might pop by itself. Trying to pop it early can lead to a larger inflamed area, which might take longer to heal up. ...Read more

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I have tiny spots all over my face and I'm not sure what they are. I get a few large whiteheads every now and then. But I want to know how to get rid of these tiny spots. I've had them for years and they won't go away. They don't have pus or anything like

I have tiny spots all over my face and I'm not sure what they are. I get a few large whiteheads every now and then. But I want to know how to get rid of these tiny spots. I've had them for years and they won't go away. They don't have pus or anything like

PictureWorth1000Word: This is not something easily discussed via text. A pic would help, but would just be the start of the process. You need to see a dermatologist. Maybe a primary care person first, but in any case, for something you've had for years you'll need a complete evaluation. Even some common sense recommendations like a cream or soap will probably not help as much as the eyes & brain of a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Pimple is painful and growing 1 big and 2 very small whiteheads. Should I pop it? I have waited a couple days and it's not going away.

Pimple is painful and growing 1 big and 2 very small whiteheads. Should I pop it? I have waited a couple days and it's not going away.

Warm compress: A warm compress can help bring infection/inflammation to the surface resolve faster. If you're compelled to pop it, better to use sharp needle cleaned with alcohol or hydrogen peroxide and poke into the side of pustule (whitehead). Don't poke downward into skin. Squeezing could make it more inflamed and spread inflammation through surrounding tissues, so not recommended. Anti-inflammatory too. ...Read more

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I have 1 question. Can acne be cured? I used Accutane 9 months ago it cleared my big pimples but not whiteheads is this ever going to b cured 1 day

I have 1 question. Can acne be cured? I used Accutane 9 months ago it cleared my big pimples but not whiteheads is this ever going to b cured 1 day

Can outgrow it: Acne isn't 'cured' but can be controlled with medication. Ask your Dermatologist for help with this. Acne can last into your 20's or 30's (occasionally into your 40's) so once you find something that works, don't stop the med once your skin improves (otherwise the pimples come back). ...Read more

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Pimple on cheek-was tiny pink bump, flattened, then tiny whitehead and now it's an inflamed whitehead. What should I do?

Pimple on cheek-was tiny pink bump, flattened, then tiny whitehead and now it's an inflamed whitehead. What should I do?

See below: Please consult this site for suitable home treatment.
http://www. Webmd. Com/skin-problems-and-treatments/acne/acne-vulgaris-home-treatment
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Right areola has a large raised bump, similar to pimple but without a whitehead. It is very itchy and I'm not sure what it is. Thoughts?

Right areola has a large raised bump, similar to pimple but without a whitehead. It is very itchy and I'm not sure what it is. Thoughts?

Lump: One would want to know if it is hard and fixed or is it freely moveable. Any discharge from nipple or skin changes around lesion. Any family history of breast cancer? How long has it been there. Are you breast feeding? Sounds like a cyst or abscess forming but you would need to be checked out in person so the right treatment could be started on you. Hope this helps ...Read more

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I have always had really clear skin, but for the last few weeks my face has broken out! But the pimples/bumps are large and painful with no whitehead?

I have always had really clear skin, but for the last few weeks my face has broken out! But the pimples/bumps are large and painful with no whitehead?

Get seen now: This may not even be real acne, but some other sort of papular eruption. A dermatology appointment is in order. If you are taking any new medication, stop now. ...Read more

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Hi I have a whitehead pimple like bump on the vestibule area of my vagina 1 mm big It doesn't hurt or itch. I'm a virgin and have never had vaginal se?

Hi I have a whitehead pimple like bump on the vestibule area of my vagina 1 mm big It doesn't hurt or itch. I'm a virgin and have never had vaginal se?

Watch and wait: It does not seem to be a serious issue. You may watch and wait, if the lesions becomes, painful, gets red, or develops a discharge, or you get fever, then you should see a doctor.
Wish you good health.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, when you do.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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I have small whitehead pimples on the corner of my mouth that follow my lip line and they won't go away (it's been a week) how can I get rid of them?

I have small whitehead pimples on the corner of my mouth that follow my lip line and they won't go away (it's been a week) how can I get rid of them?

Squeeze: These are quite common. Usually tiny and visible only when closely observed with skin pulled tight. Need not be treated. If you can tolerate some pain you can squeeze them out. ...Read more

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I had atopic dermatitis, after it healed, my pore became large, full of whiteheads, pimple and really sensitive. What can I do about it, thank you?

I had atopic dermatitis, after it healed, my pore became large, full of whiteheads, pimple and really sensitive. What can I do about it, thank you?

Atopic dermatitis: You could try a moisturizer like AmLactin which has lactic acid (alpha hydroxy acid) and will gently exfoliate or A&D ointment with Zinc oxide as zinc oxide promotes growth and is antifungal/ antibacterial. Discuss and follow up with dermatologist. ...Read more

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I have a big pimple in my pubic region, its very sore as it's big and under the skin. Whiteheads. Should I use cream to dry it out? Any remedies? Thx

I have a big pimple in my pubic region, its very sore as it's big and under the skin. Whiteheads. Should I use cream to dry it out? Any remedies? Thx

Wel...: Cleaning with soap and water is the best a couple times a day...
And you should be seen: Sometimes this can be Herpes (of course we hope not) ...Read more

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I Shaved A few days ago & bout a day later I got about 4 whiteheads were I shaved at, Do I pop them or let them go away over time.

I Shaved A few days ago & bout a day later I got about 4 whiteheads were I shaved at, Do I pop them or let them go away over time.

Leave them alone: They will open up on their own. You can use warm compresses and antibiotic ointment on them. Squeezing them increases the inflammation and can drive the infection deeper. ...Read more

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Quit smoking and getting really stubborn whiteheads that won't go away. Can this be a result of hormone imbalances from quitting?

Quit smoking and getting really stubborn whiteheads that won't go away. Can this be a result of hormone imbalances from quitting?

Whiteheads: Are not related to becoming smoke free. Please don, t let them become an excuse for you to start up again. Congrats and keep going. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Hard lumps under the skin on my jawline, not black or whiteheads. Lumps go away over time (months) and appear again months later. What could this be?

Hard lumps under the skin on my jawline, not black or whiteheads. Lumps go away over time (months) and appear again months later. What could this be?

Lots: You should see your dermatologist for treatment and evaluation because this way you can get the correct diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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After weeks on minocycline and acanya my acne has gone down. Just recently I have had multiple whiteheads pop up and won't go away even after popping.

After weeks on minocycline and acanya my acne has gone down. Just recently I have had multiple whiteheads pop up and won't go away even after popping.

Don't pop: For over the counter methods try using products that have benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, alcohol, and acetone. For prescription treatments you may be prescribed antibiotics, retinoids or vitamin a derivatives, azelaic acid, oral contraceptives, or spironolactone. Always ask a dermatologist about the possible affects and the risks vs benefits of each treatment. Make sure it's best for you. ...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 have a big painful whitehead bump on my buttocks. It just suddenly appeared. What is it?

Infected skin cyst.: This could be an infected sebaceous cyst. You can apply warm compresses several times/day or sit in warm tub. However if it does not improve or you have fever with it, you should see you doctor to have it checked. ...Read more

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

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Whiteheads (Definition)

Whiteheads = closed comedon (containing oil, bacteria, skin debris) which is ...Read more