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Doctor insights on: Infected Pimple Causing Pain And Swollen Jaw

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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

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


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What should I do to minimize the size of my swollen jaw lump that was created by my infected tooth?

What should I do to minimize the size of my swollen jaw lump that was created by my  infected tooth?

See your dentist: See your dentist. He will prescribe antibiotics or drain the area. You will probably need root canal treatment. ...Read more

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Infected pimple healed weeks ago & skin closed, but still a quarter-sized, slightly swollen, slightly painful red/purple spot (no open skin). Need Dr?

Infected pimple healed weeks ago & skin closed, but still a quarter-sized, slightly swollen, slightly painful red/purple spot (no open skin). Need Dr?

Healing Inflammation: The redness/purpleness of a healed abscess (skin infection) can take a few months to resolve. The skin will remain firm, slightly tender and have a purple/red color for some time after the infection itself has healed. This is the scar tissue healing and settling. If the area back tracks and get swollen, hot and tender again, you will need to see a doctor. Hang in there. ...Read more

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I tried to aggressively pop a pimple but nothing came out and the next day the side of my jaw was swollen. How can I bring the swelling down?

I tried to aggressively pop a pimple but nothing came out and the next day the side of my jaw was swollen. How can I bring the swelling down?

Time for a visit: Your self treatment seems to have triggered a reaction that may signal an infection.You need to get in and have it evaluated before it gets worse.It may require antibiotic treatment. ...Read more

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I think I have an infected pimple, it's really red and swollen and angry and has seemingly endless amounts of puss. Is swimming in a lake w this safe?

I think I have an infected pimple, it's really red and swollen and angry and has seemingly endless amounts of puss. Is swimming in a lake w this safe?

No.: Any time you have an opening in your skin, this gives the bacteria in your environment a chance to enter your body and causes infection or worsen your current infection. The lake water is not bacteria free. I recommend staying out of the lake if you have a pimple full of puss as you described. Wait till it heals. If the pimple is getting worst, a doctor will needs to see it to help you. ...Read more

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I have what started out as a pimple and seems to be infected. It's right where my legs rub and it is swollen and warm to the touch.

I have what started out as a pimple and seems to be infected. It's right where my legs rub and it is swollen and warm to the touch.

Infection = Doctor: If it's infected, the best idea is to see your provider. It may be quite easy to clear up - but it's not a D.I.Y. project - you'll probably need a Rx. Do it soon so it doesn't become more complicated by spreading. Hope it goes well. Clean, cool (ice pack) compresses may reduce discomfort till you get treated. ...Read more

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I have a swollen bump on my chin/jaw. I think it might be a pimple because if I squeeze it a little puss comes out. When I touch it, hurts. Ive had b4?

I have a swollen bump on my chin/jaw. I think it might be a pimple because if I squeeze it a little puss comes out. When I touch it, hurts. Ive had b4?

Abscess: Sounds like a skin abscess. Initially you can use warm compresses and then put neosporin or bacitracin. If it gets larger, doesnt drain or starts to have red streaks coming from it, then you need to see Doc asap. ...Read more

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Swollen node on jaw bone for months with large "pimple" appearing next to it recently then node turned into large "pimple"? Normal?

Swollen node on jaw bone for months with large "pimple" appearing next to it recently then node turned into large "pimple"? Normal?

See an ENT: It is not normal to have what you describe. The only way to know if it is not an emergency is to visit an ENT for evaluation or go to the Urgent Care. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I have weeping sores on the side of face that has made my face and ear and under my jaw really swollen what can I do it started off as a pimple I was ?

I have weeping sores on the side of face that has made my face and ear and under my jaw really swollen what can I do it started off as a pimple I was ?

See a doctor ASAP: This sounds potentially incredibly severe with life-threatening consequences. If this is staphylococcal infection the face is such a vascular area that rapid spread to elsewhere may occur. If you cannot be seen immediately by your PCP, go to an ER and be evaluated and treated appropriately. ...Read more

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Infected pimple on left side of face, swollen/painful lymph node under jaw also left side. Should I be worried about cancer? Or is it the pimple

Infected pimple on left side of face, swollen/painful lymph node under jaw also left side. Should I be worried about cancer? Or is it the pimple

Reactive node: Any inflammation, irritation, or infection involving the face, mouth, throat, ear, and scalp can cause enlarged, tender local lymph nodes. Cancer is very unlikely. ...Read more

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Popped & picked at a pimple on chin over 2 weeks ago. continued to pick now i have horrible sore scab & a swollen lymph node under jaw? infection???

Popped & picked at a pimple on chin over 2 weeks ago. continued to pick now i have horrible sore scab & a swollen lymph node under jaw? infection???

Yes: yes skin after picking up and put it becomes red swollen and tender these are signs of infection treatment is usually topical anabiotic and possibly Oral ...Read more

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My mom has a swollen lip and had a pimple and popped it five times already. The pain is going down to her jaw, and can't sleep. Should she see doctor?

My mom has a swollen lip and had a pimple and popped it five times already. The pain is going down to her jaw, and can't sleep. Should she see doctor?

Yes: This may be the beginning of a skin infection, a cellulitis, that may need antibiotics for treatment, and could become more serious and systemic without adequate treatment. ...Read more

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(1 month) swollen lymph nodes under my jaw, some pimple like spots on my tonsil. When I swallow, my ear feels itchy. Taken doxycycline but no use.

(1 month) swollen lymph nodes under my jaw, some pimple like spots on my tonsil. When I swallow, my ear feels itchy. Taken doxycycline but no use.

Get checked: Get checked by a ENT for your throat, your tonsil, and your ear. Get checked by a dentist to see if there an abscess related to a tooth. Lower teeth infections frequently drain to the lymph nodes. Appropriate AB will typically have a positive effect in 3-4 days. Only testing will identify an appropriate remedy for the infection. ...Read more

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Had a cold w/ swollen lymph nodes in my neck and lower head with pimple like bumps/rash that are causing pain. I was prescribed Keflex but no progress

Had a cold w/ swollen lymph nodes in my neck and lower head with pimple like bumps/rash that are causing pain. I was prescribed Keflex but no progress

If...: If you are not responding to the antibiotics prescribed and still feeling sick you should see your doctor again for reevaluation. However, make sure you gave at least 48 hrs for the antibiotics to start working. If not yet 48 hrs you should wait unless you are feeling extremely ill. ...Read more

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I have purple bump that appears to be infected. Is there a home remedy to help the pimple come to a head?

I have purple bump that appears to be infected. Is there a home remedy to help the pimple come to a head?

Help for bump: using a warm compress for 15-20 min several times a day might help it come to a head. You can take an anti inflammatory such as Motrin OTC as well which may help alleviate some of the pain/swelling. If it gets worse, see a doctor since you may need antibiotic or for it to be drained. Good luck! ...Read more

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I had a small pimple on my lip (one single head not multiple) then i tried to pop it & i rip skin off and now its scabby and infected what should I do?

I had a small pimple on my lip (one single head not multiple) then i tried to pop it & i rip skin off and now its scabby and infected what should I do?

Do not touch pimples: When we try to touch or mess with the pimples with our hands and exposes the pimples to infection. Important is to not touch them and if they bother you too much you can apply benzoyl face and it will dry it up. ...Read more

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I have what looks like a large pimple on my mon pubis. It is very red, swollen, with a white head, streaked purple or dark red?

I have what looks like a large pimple on my mon pubis. It is very red, swollen, with a white head, streaked purple or dark red?

Unclear on the ?: dermatologic conditions hard to discuss w/out seeing them. not sure of what information you would want nor "large" etc.
1) the area is not unique except there is more abrasion and moisture than other spots so a bit more susceptible to skin infections.
2) can't think of any std it could be EXCEPT normal skin germs which are often transmitted with skin contact.
3) may need professional drained. ...Read more

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I have a swollen pimple on side of chin with no head! help should I squeeze it!?

I have a swollen pimple on side of chin with no head! help should I squeeze it!?

Please don't squeeze: To avoid the possibility of getting a skin infection, depressed scar or hyperprigmentation, do not squeeze your pimples. A low potency benzoyl peroxide is readily available at your local drug store. Recommend you see an aesthetic specialist (cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist) who specializes in acne care, so they can help resolve this pimple and start a treatment plan to reduce acne breakouts. ...Read more

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I have a swollen painful bump on my nostril is it a cold sore? I've had it for 3 days and doesn't have a head like a pimple. It's very red and painful

A good history: A good social and medical history would be helpful to try to pinpoint what you may have. It is certainly likely that you have a cold sore, but I am more inclined to believe that you have a simple pimple in that area. I have seen several like this, they tend to get very red, no visible head on the skin surface, and very painful. ...Read more

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Sore in back right side mouth,doesn't hurt.looks like pimple head,popped,now hurts."head" was thick yellow/orange.still swollen and open. what is it??

Sore in back right side mouth,doesn't hurt.looks like pimple head,popped,now hurts."head" was thick yellow/orange.still swollen and open. what is it??

Right pharynx absces: Pharyngeal abscess. You need antibiotics, likely and follow up to make sure it is not retropharyngeal abscess. Rarely could be sore of autoimmune disease that was infected but would need labs . Follow up with doc/urgetn care ...Read more