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Pustule (Definition)

A pustule is a pimple-like lesion that is filled with pus, a white/yellow mixture of white ...Read more


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Hello, I need help to differentiate a skin allergy or infection from herpes. I have itchy pustules with red base on the thighs and belly button?

Hello, I need help to differentiate a skin allergy or infection from herpes. I have itchy pustules with red base on the thighs and belly button?

Folliculitis?: Herpes typically presents as a cluster of vesicles (filled with clear fluid that eventually scab over). A first episode can be more extensive and sore, but thighs and belly button sounds more like folliculitis. Folliculitis is a bacterial infection of the follicles. See your dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I get tiny pustules(1 to 4) ,not itchy ,painless ,on sole of one foot only, occasionaly after my long runs for the past year .I am a regular runner.

I get tiny pustules(1 to 4) ,not itchy ,painless ,on sole of one foot only, occasionaly after my long runs for the past year .I am a regular runner.

Here are some...: Have these pustules happened to the same location or uncertain? If same along long run, clearly they are pressure- or friction-related. If so, think about improving padding to that area or /and shortening running distance. Of course, having a podiatrist take a look is a reasonable thing to do. ...Read more

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I get tiny pustules ,not itchy ,painless ,on one foot only after my long runs for the past year .I am a regular runner.Dermatolgist clueless .

I get tiny pustules ,not itchy ,painless ,on one foot only after my long runs for the past year .I am a regular runner.Dermatolgist clueless .

Your Dermatologist: may be "clueless" but a PODIATRIST may not be! Sounds like one of your feet is getting irritated by your running shoe! This can be ONE FOOT ONLY!!!!!! Check it out with a good Podiatrist! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Itchy bites on legs. red surrounding area, perfectly round pustule in the center. doesnt really hurt but is firm when i push on the red area. warm.

Itchy bites on legs. red surrounding area, perfectly round pustule in the center. doesnt really hurt but is firm when i push on the red area. warm.

Age?: We need to know your age. Please put it in your public profile. We cannot answer questions from minors. Put your country or state, too. Ages and locations can affect our answer, since some conditions are more likely in different places or in different age groups. Be honest! You expect if of us, and we expect it of you, too! ...Read more

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Red, itchy rash on thigh-2 months. 2 different prescribed steroids failed. Now it's painful w/pustules. Thoughts?

Red, itchy rash on thigh-2 months. 2 different prescribed steroids failed. Now it's painful w/pustules. Thoughts?

See a specialist: Painful pustules that are painful need to be taken seriously. There are several diseases that can present with pustules. Actually, any rash that stays in one place for more than 24 hours needs to be addressed. See a dermatologist first, the sooner the better. ...Read more

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I've had a red, itchy rash (thigh) for two months. 2 prescribed steroids-no relief. It's now painful and red with little pustules. Thoughts?

I've had a red, itchy rash (thigh) for two months. 2 prescribed steroids-no relief. It's now painful and red with little pustules. Thoughts?

Folliculitis: This can be from inflammation around the hair follicles and may need a combination of antibiotics and topical medications to treat, see a dermatologist ...Read more

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Rash starts with white pustule, evolves into itchy cigarette burn style rash. Had it for years on back and legs?

Rash starts with white pustule, evolves into itchy cigarette burn style rash. Had it for years on back and legs?

Sounds like Impetigo: This sounds like impetigo, a bacterial infection of the skin caused by staphylococcus aureus or streptococcus pyogenes. Have your doctor culture a lesion and inside your nose. If a culture is positive topical treatment and decolonization would be indicated. ...Read more

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