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Is it possible for a zit not to heal for 2 or 3 months?

Is it possible for a zit not to heal for 2 or 3 months?

Yes: It depends on what you mean by not healing. If an acne bump is large it can take several months to resolve. Sometimes a hair follicle cyst can act like acne, but usually won't resolve unless it's removed by surgery. A nonhealing spot could even be a skin cancer. ...Read more

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Had hemorroidectemy almost a year ago and have a spot that won't heal. Sometimes pops like a zit

Had hemorroidectemy almost a year ago and have a spot that won't heal. Sometimes pops like a zit

Fistula-in-ano: It sounds as though you have developed a perianal abscess that is draining to the outside skin, called a fistula-in-ano. You need to have your surgeon evaluate the situation. ...Read more

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So my boyfriend has these really bad zits all over his chest, they've never been popped but remain and discomfort him. What's a remedy to heal them?

So my boyfriend has these really bad zits all over his chest, they've never been popped but remain and discomfort him. What's a remedy to heal them?

Serious Rx: I trust this is acne. When it's on the trunk, he'll need topical therapy such as benzoyl peroxide plus some systemic rx from his physician that's prescription-strength. He needs to get seen. ...Read more

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I get white pimple like zits on and near my lips, i easily squeeze them out, white stringy like discharge comes out, and thats it they heal! Wat r the?

I get white pimple like zits on and near my lips, i easily squeeze them out, white stringy like discharge comes out, and thats it they heal! Wat r the?

Sounds like comedone: or cysts. Try adding a topical retinoid to reduce their appearance. The white stuff is keratin that fills the cyst or follicle. Careful wit squeezing as it can lead to scarring ...Read more

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My two year old keeps getting zits on his butt. We thought it was his diapers so we changed them. But he just keeps getting them. Any advice?

My two year old keeps getting zits on his butt. We thought it was his diapers  so we changed them. But he just keeps getting them. Any advice?

See answer: Best to see his pediatrician to get a definitive diagnosis as maybe it is (especially at this hot time of the year) a type of heat rash, and a steroid cream may help, as well as keeping the area dry. It could be a contact dermatitis if his diaper is wet or full, etc. There are also a very common skin conditions such as milia that usually occur on the face, but can occur on the butt. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Two pus zits on vagina lip, lip sticks out more than the other one now, twice as much. Should I be concerned?

Two pus zits on vagina lip, lip sticks out more than the other one now, twice as much. Should I be concerned?

Pus cysts: Women often get tiny pus bumps in vaginal region. These could be from trapped hair follicle or minor skin infection from irritation to the area. Try to use hypoallergenic soap and avoid lotions and creams. Use cotton panties during the day and remove them before going to bed to let your vagina breathe. If the pus cysts get bigger or painful with surrounding redness or discharge, get them checked. ...Read more

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I'm not sexually active but I've discovered two pimple like bumps. One popped like a zit, the other one just bled a little. Is it likely I have herpes?

I'm not sexually active but I've discovered two pimple like bumps. One popped like a zit, the other one just bled a little. Is it likely I have herpes?

Herpes: Where did you find these bumps? What part of the body? How fast do they heal? Are they painful? Not likely herpes unless you are engaging in some type of sexual contact (in an genital area). They could be herpes simplex or herpes labialis is a person you had contact with has active lesions on their lips. If you are concerned, see your doctor next time your get one of these bumps. ...Read more