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I'm 49 have facial pimples filled with pus on my face for last three weeks. Leave and come back. Please help what is causing this?

I'm 49 have facial pimples filled with pus on my face for last three weeks. Leave and come back. Please help what is causing this?

Multiple factors: Stress, diet and hormonal changes all can play a role in acne flareups. Oral antibiotics can be prescribed to help calm down flareups. See a dermatologist to see if prescription antibiotics and topical treatments are needed. ...Read more

Pus (Definition)

Pus consists of white blood cells that have "eaten" bacteria and then died. You find pus resulting after an infection has established itself and the pus is a product of the body's immune ...Read more


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Have a painfull pimple like bump on my tailbone, that keeps coming back, the cycle is. .. It starts to hurt then grows into a huge pimple?

Have a painfull pimple like bump on my tailbone, that keeps coming back, the cycle is. .. It starts to hurt then grows into a huge pimple?

You may: You might have a pilonidal sinus or this could be herpes. See dermatologist for absolute diagnosis. You may need surgery to get rid of problem. ...Read more

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I have a decently large pimple thing located right before the shaft it has small white heads on it ive popped it before but it keeps coming back im18?

I have a decently large pimple thing located right before the shaft it has small white heads on it ive popped it before but it keeps coming back im18?

Tricky: Dermatologic conditions are hard to discuss without seeing them. Boils occur there. Boils often recur and moisture and skin breaks predispose to them.
one could have herpes or other skin condtions too. Antibiotics help boils and there's benefit from having it professionally treated whatever it is. ...Read more

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Hello I have a pimple on my vaginal hood and I've recently popped it the other day but still sore an looks like might be coming back?

Hello I have a pimple on my vaginal hood and I've recently popped it the other day but still sore an looks like might be coming back?

Get tested: Bumps, blisters, growths and pimples on the genitals should be evaluated. Herpes can disguise itself so an examination by a pro is warranted. There are many other possible causes and an Obgyn can likely look at it and guide you in the right direction. Best not to pop it yourself ...Read more

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I had ringworm so I bought & used the cream for it & it went away but it keeps coming back & now it looks like little pimples. Is it really ringworm?

I had ringworm so I bought & used the cream for it & it went away but it keeps coming back & now it looks like little pimples. Is it really ringworm?

Details count: You fail to indicate the name of the cream. You give no description of the "ringworm". Probably not "ringworm". That is not a valid diagnosis. Sounds like you need a dermatologist. ...Read more

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I have a huge pimple like bump in my mouth near lip, this keeps bursting and coming back since april what should I do?

I have a huge pimple like bump in my mouth near lip, this keeps bursting and coming back since april what should I do?

Mucocele: Assuming this is on the inside of your lip, then this would most likely be a mucocele; a small cyst produced by saliva from plugged up small glands in the lip. These cysts typically go away on their own, but if it persists or too large, an oral surgeon/dentist can remove it. Sometimes, local trauma from biting causes it to persist. ...Read more

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Is it norm for a pimple that u popped on your hip to come back in the exact same spot 5 times and keep coming back. And kinda scar almost?

Is it norm for a pimple that u popped on your hip to come back in the exact same spot 5 times and keep coming back. And kinda scar almost?

Not, not normal: At this point it is not normal and this may indicate that it requires professional treatment with incision & drainage or excision or biopsy. Seek evaluation by a dermatologist. ...Read more

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I have these pimple like bumps in the back of my head. I've peeled them off & they come back. They bleed for no reason and they hurt when?

Skin infection: This sounds like a skin infection which is common in that area of the head. Don't scratch or peel the skin eruptions. Clean it with soap and water, apply Some antiseptic cream on it (no hydrocortisone!) and see your PCP soon. This infection can be very resistant and can rapidly spread. ...Read more

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Constantly getting Zits/Pimples on the sides and back of my head? They go away on their own but always come back. Not painful unless I touch them.

Constantly getting Zits/Pimples on the sides and back of my head? They go away on their own but always come back. Not painful unless I touch them.

Acne=infection.: Acne is truly an infection within the pores of the skin, so any effective treatment for acne should initially include both a drying agent (i.e. benzoyl peroxide) and an antibiotic (which could be topical or oral). In this area, remember that oils from your hair may also be in play so that may need to be addressed as well. ...Read more

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How can I remove acne marks and stop pimples from coming back? I have acne pupules and oily skin.

How can I remove acne marks and stop pimples from coming back? I have acne pupules and oily skin.

Manage your acne: You're almost an adult. If topical benzoyl peroxide and/or retinoic acid haven't cleared you in two weeks, your physician will need to add prescription-strength Rx. Keep doing this until your acne remits on its own. There is nothing you can do to speed its self-curing. Dark spots can be bleached but I'd advise you not to try; depressed scars need specialist intervention. ...Read more

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Lately I have bn getting these blister like things on my face. Its not a pimple and when I open them its clear liquid. And they usually come back?

Lately I have bn getting these blister like things on my face. Its not a pimple and when I open them its clear liquid. And they usually come back?

Hard to: Say without seeing them. Need more history. More than likely contact dermatitis, viral origin. You may have sensitive skin, cosmetics, weather change and sweating may contribute to the recurring benign blisters on your face. Take pictures and show them to your pcp or upload them here. ...Read more

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3 months after finishing accutane is it normal to have small breakouts? They are tiny red pimples but I am scared its coming back?

3 months after finishing accutane is it normal to have small breakouts? They are tiny red pimples but I am scared its coming back?

Yes: Acne is certainly possible for it to come back after Accutane but usually Acutane lasts long time. Ask your dermatologist for specific diagnosis treatment or advice ...Read more

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I have bumps that look like tiny pimples above my clitoris, but it doesn't hurt. They come back from time to time. Do I have herpes? It never burns.

I have bumps that look like tiny pimples above my clitoris, but it doesn't hurt. They come back from time to time. Do I have herpes? It never burns.

Sebaceous glands: If these are not actual blisters, I suspect these are the normal sebaceous glands that you have because you are a woman. Of course, no description is as helpful as actually seeing them. Ask your gynecologist during your next visit. ...Read more

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What causes chronic boil like pimples below the rear jaw on each side? It stopped but I'd like to know to keep it from coming back.

What causes chronic boil like pimples below the rear jaw on each side? It stopped but I'd like to know to keep it from coming back.

Unlikely to return: Pimples/acne are driven by testosterone in both sexes. The level of this hormone goes down with age, therefore your pimples are unlikely to come back. However, you may consult this site for home care for acne, should, God forbid, you get any.
http://www. Webmd. Com/skin-problems-and-treatments/acne/acne-vulgaris-home-treatment ...Read more

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Had a pimple-like bump on roof of mouth for a month. Popped 2 weeks ago but it is now coming back, though not painful. What is this?

Had a pimple-like bump on roof of mouth for a month. Popped 2 weeks ago but it is now coming back, though not painful. What is this?

Gum fistula: Is a sign that there is chronic painless infection and your body is draining it out. Unlike some other types of infection, a chronic gum abscess will not get better on its own. See your dentist for definitive diagnosis and treatment. Good luck. ...Read more

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How can I get these pimples off my penus? I've had it for like 4 months now I went to see my doctor and he gave me something called neosprin and if it doesn't go away come back in 1 week they didn't go away but I never went back. I need help

How can I get these pimples off my penus? I've had it for like 4 months now I went to see my doctor and he gave me something called neosprin and if it doesn't go away come back in 1 week they didn't go away but I never went back. I need help

This: This is very difficult to answer without a clinical examination so I would follow up with a dermatologist. Perhaps this is folliculitis, lichen planus, psoriasis, warts, another std, or eczema, or other possibilities? Read more about these conditions and see a picture at the link below. I hope that helps! ...Read more

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Can my pimples come back if I use benzaclin (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide)?

Can my pimples come back if I use benzaclin (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide)?

Depends: Benzaclin (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide) is not a magic pimple stay away product. It is possible to get more if you are not using a good cleanser, moisturizer or if you makeup tends to clog pores. Benzaclin (clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide) is really more intended to heal than to prevent. ...Read more

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Every now and then sore pimples appear on my face & scalp, they go away after a few days but keep coming back, is it acne or an infection?

Every now and then sore pimples appear on my face & scalp, they go away after a few days but keep coming back, is it acne or an infection?

Both possible: These may simply be a cystic form of acne, or alternatively it may be folliculitis which is an inflammation in the hair follicles. See your dermatologist for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Pimples in the scalp. Very Painful. Took Many antibiotics, but they come back again. Hair loss at the site of pimples. Can you tell me what is it? HELP?

Pimples in the scalp. Very Painful. Took Many antibiotics, but they come back again. Hair loss at the site of pimples. Can you tell me what is it? HELP?

Pimples: It may be fungal in origin. I would try a combination of a steroid and an anti fungal such as Lotrisone (clotrimazole and betamethasone). If this does not help I would see a dermatologist ...Read more

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Bacterial infection, reoccurring, blistery like pimples, itchy and tender, come back each month on my left ankle, leaves scarring after gone?

Bacterial infection, reoccurring, blistery like pimples, itchy and tender, come back each month on my left ankle, leaves scarring after gone?

See a doctor: How do you know it is a bacterial infection? It certainly could be...

However, recurrent skin lesions in the same spot can be allergic (contact dermatitis), something like shingles (viral), very rarely cancer or autoimmune.

The only way to be correctly diagnosed and treated is to go and see your doctor quickly. ...Read more

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What pills for body acne to make it never come back?

What pills for body acne to make it never come back?

Acne: Acne is a multivariable skin disorder. There are many antibiotic pills that help it come under control. A vitamin compound called nicomide may be of benefit. Topicals can also be used. If however, you only want one pill, the one that will give you the most predictable results, Accutane is the one. Unfortunately, it is the pill with the most likely to cause unwanted side effects. Ask your md. ...Read more

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Once your acne is gone, should you stop using the product or will the acne just come back if you stop?

Taper slowly: Taper the daily rx very slowly over several years, and resume if the illness recurs. Your physician can guide you if this is prescription rx. ...Read more

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Pimples (Definition)

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