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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

A very common skin condition that 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 ...Read more


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What are these small pimples on my arms and thighs and there not red are itchy?

What are these small pimples on my arms and thighs and there not red are itchy?

Rash: Although it's difficult to know, exactly without seeing it; this sounds like pilaris keratosis. This rash is usually located on the back of arms, and tops of thighs. Occasionally on the cheeks. It is a form of eczema. It's eczema of the hair follicles. You can try a loofa, and moisturizers. There are some other creams, that a dermatologist can prescribe, as well. It is harmless. ...Read more

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I get small pimples on my arms and legs after a week of waxing. What should I do to prevent them?

I get small pimples on my arms and legs after a week of waxing. What should I do to prevent them?

Red bumps and waxing: Red bumps after waxing are know as folliculitis or inflammation of the hair follicle. Low dose (1%) Hydrocortisone cream one can buy over the counter should help. You might consider laser hair removal (lhr). See http://www. Accskin. Com. ...Read more

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I have small pimples on my arms from my wrist to the top of my upper arms. They leave scars after they heal, what could they be?

I have small pimples on my arms from my wrist to the top of my upper arms. They leave scars after they heal, what could they be?

Folliculitis: Folliculitis is an inflammatory condition affecting the hair follicles. It appears as a small localized area of pus surrounding the opening of a hair follicle. Older lesions that have lost the pus appear as red bumps surrounding the opening of the follicule. One to hundreds of follicles can be affected anywhere that hair or pores are present.. ...Read more

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I have a MRSA infection that consists of itchy pimples on my arms, back, and belly. I am taking bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for 10 days. After 5, little improvement.

I have a MRSA infection that consists of itchy pimples on my arms, back, and belly. I am taking bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for 10 days. After 5, little improvement.

Infectious disease: I think after this much time and your recurring questions, it may be time to see an infectious disease specialist or to get an opinion from an expert in person. ...Read more

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I recently noticed I have a small white head pimple on my under arms What shud I do about it? And what causes them?

I recently noticed I have a small white head pimple on my under arms What shud I do about it? And what causes them?

Keep clean & dry: Leave it alone, other than keeping the area clean with soap and water and drying thoroughly after washing. It may be just an errant pimple.
Unrelated to your question.
Practice safe sex
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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My 2.5 m old baby has small pimples all over his face and even on his arms. Why is that?

My 2.5 m old baby has small pimples all over his face and even on his arms. Why is that?

Baby acne: Baby acne is very similar in origin and distribution as that of a teenager. The hormones that enabled mom to carry through pregnancy cross into baby & after a time away from the moisturizing waters of the womb will cause baby acne. The face & upper chest & back are most often involved along with the shoulders. All the lesions seem to be a similar age & gradually fade over time. ...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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32mth & 13mth old have small pimple like bumps on arms/legs and a couple on back. Not many at all. Could this be prickly hear? No temp.

32mth & 13mth old have small pimple like bumps on arms/legs and a couple on back. Not many at all. Could this be prickly hear? No temp.

A picture ; history: When is comes to rashes there is no substitute for seeing, either directly or a pic. How long has the rash been there? Is is a long term rash or did is come in the last few days? Is the rash itchy? Could these be bug bites? I would recommend seeing your pediatrician if this rash doesn't go away in a few days or becomes worse. If is looks like this pic it is a form of warts. ...Read more

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1st three days in warm sun, no SPF or sunburn, and I have these itchy, small pimples all over my arms. New issue, started Friday and hasn't gone away.

1st three days in warm sun, no SPF or sunburn, and I have these itchy, small pimples all over my arms. New issue, started Friday and hasn't gone away.

Not sun poisoning: Do not take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) unless you want a sleeping pill. It is dangerous to use if driving. It will do nothing for this type of condition. Biotin is a waste of money. If Hydrocortisone does not help, see a dermatologist. Need exam for diagnosis, then probably a prescription cortisone. ...Read more

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How do I remove small itchy red pimple like bumps on my stomach arms and back?

How do I remove small itchy red pimple like bumps on my stomach arms and back?

Maybe allergies: You may have a contact dermatitis (allergic reaction similar to poison ivy or hives) or a form of eczema. If this is chronic and recurrent you may psoriasis as well. See your doctor for a diagnosis and then get treatment. ...Read more

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I have some kind of pimples on my skin. Its on my arms and legs. Big but not to much on legs. Small and a lot of them on my arms?

I have some kind of pimples on my skin. Its on my arms and legs. Big but not to much on legs. Small and a lot of them on my arms?

Possibly kp: It sounds like you have keratosis pilaris (kp). This often appears from childhood. There are other diagnoses that can look like pimples such as molluscum contagiosum. It is best to see a dermatologist so they can examine your extremities. ...Read more

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I have a rash that has small pimples along with it. I can pop the small pimples. It is on my back, chest, neck, face, and arms. What is it.

I have a rash that has small pimples along with it. I can pop the small pimples. It is on my back, chest, neck, face, and arms. What is it.

Need more info.: How old are you? How log has the rash been present? A picture of the rash would help. It could be acne, it couls also be hyperkeratosis follicullaris, a presumed hereditary condition. ...Read more

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For the past six months, my arms and chin have broken out with small clusters of red bumps (not pimples) which dry up, then reappear every week. Help?

For the past six months, my arms and chin have broken out with small clusters of red bumps (not pimples) which dry up, then reappear every week. Help?

Get seen: I've learned I can't second-guess rashes, but this does need to be seen. It's not typical, but dermatitis herpetiformis might act like this and there are several other manageable skin problems that come to mind as well. ...Read more

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I have over 12 small round (not perfectly circular) lumps, different sizes, on both arms, neck, & couple on legs. Are not pimples. Dr. Dismisses.?

I have over 12 small round (not perfectly circular) lumps, different sizes, on both arms, neck, & couple on legs. Are not pimples. Dr. Dismisses.?

Ask family members: In the absence of associated pain, rapid growth or any discharge from these lumps there is no urgency to have them removed. Possibilities include include cysts or lipomas (benign fatty tumors) but a biopsy would give more information. These types of lesions can be associated with inherited conditions so it's useful to ask family members if they have similar lesions, then follow up with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a rash that start off as a small pimple and evolves to look like a burn mark. It's on my legs, waist, arms (severe) and neck. What can this be?

I have a rash that start off as a small pimple and evolves to look like a burn mark. It's on my legs, waist, arms (severe) and neck. What can this be?

Exanthems (= rashes): Such as yours are often impossible to diagnose with out the MD having the advantage of " laying eyes on it." Photos of good resolution can help but won't supplant good clinical evaluation. There are so many possibilities it wouldn't help anything to try to narrow down with such little information. On the other hand, a good dermatologist usually can nail it in a few minutes in person. ...Read more

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My 3 and a half week old son has small red pimples all over his face, arms, scalp, the back of his neck & a little on his legs. Is this baby acne?

My 3 and a half week old son has small red pimples all over his face, arms, scalp, the back of his neck & a little on his legs. Is this baby acne?

Probably: A baby floating in the slick moist environment of the womb will have pristine skin at birth. Between 2 wks and 2 months, more than half of infants will have transient baby acne triggered by the hormones that came across during pregnancy.Keeping it clean allows it to run its course. If any sites are more inflamed or persistent, your doc should evaluate. It should fade completely by 3 mo. ...Read more

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I have small red bumps that look like pimples on my upper arms that are itchy! No idea why? I waxed my arms about a week ago, very itchy bumps

I have small red bumps that look like pimples on my upper arms that are itchy! No idea why? I waxed my arms about a week ago, very itchy bumps

Folliculitis: Inflammation of the hair follicle occurs for many reasons, but when associated with shaving usually is caused by a dull razor, sensitivity to the shaving/ hygeine product or friction by clothing. Trauma from hair extraction through waxing may also produce this. ...Read more

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I Have small red bumps sporadically around my legs, hips, and arms but only around a total of 10-15 over all areas and three just appeared on the roof of my mouth. They're almost like what a pimple that just started to form looks like. Completely red, no

I Have small red bumps sporadically around my legs, hips, and arms but only around a total of 10-15 over all areas and three just appeared on the roof of my mouth. They're almost like what a pimple that just started to form looks like. Completely red, no

Papules: It really sounds as if you have two from us. I cannot envision what are the bumps on the roof of the mouth would relate to the bumps on your skin. But there are such conditions, they just need to be evaluated personally. The most important asset of a dermatologist is his/her eyes, so you need to have this rash evaluated. ...Read more

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I have a very small painless pimple like lump ony Left arm just below my armpit should I be worried p.s I eat a lot of butter?

I have a very small painless pimple like lump ony Left arm just below my armpit should I be worried p.s I eat a lot of butter?

Time will tell: If a pimple or is red inflamed it will resolve in a few days. If a hard lump present for a while, it won't go away on its own and you would need to see a doc. Butter hasn't that much to contribute in this discussion. ...Read more

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I have super small painless pimples with little pus on the arm. Why do they keep forming?

I have super small painless pimples with little pus on the arm. Why do they keep forming?

They may be blocked: Glands in the skin, or inflammation of the hair follicles, or could be infectious. Depending on how long they have been there and exactly what they look like, and what you have tried for treatment, the diagnosis could be different. I recommend that you have your doctor examine you, so this can be properly diagnosed and treated. ...Read more

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My daughter has four pimple size bumps under each arm. Two under her right and two under her left, with pus and a little blood what could this be?

My daughter has four pimple size bumps under each arm. Two under her right and two under her left, with pus and a little blood what could this be?

Abcess: This could be an abcess. This is a pus pocket under the skin. This is frequently caused by a resistant form of staph aureus. You should see you physician as soon as possible to evaluate this. ...Read more

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My baby woke up with a red spot on her arm looks like a pimple has a white spot on top and it's a little hard. What can it be?

Pimple: Maybe an infection. Staph infections can come on rapidly. Best to check this out with your pediatrician to take a look at your baby. ...Read more

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