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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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I used toothpaste on my pimple now it red and swollen ?

I used toothpaste on my pimple now it red and swollen ?

Pimple: I do not believe the toothpaste had anything to do with inflaming the pimple. I cannot imagine why you would put toothpaste on a pimple. I would suggest you apply warm compresses to the area, keep it clean, do not try to pop it and if it worsens get antibiotics for it. ...Read more

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I tried to pop a pimple that was not red now the whole pumple and surrounding area is swollen and red and the skin has come off what shall I do?

I tried to pop a pimple that was not red now the whole pumple and surrounding area is swollen and red and the skin has come off what shall I do?

Popped pimple: You can try using hot packs to see if you can get it to open up and drain, but you likely have an infection and should be seen. ...Read more

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I have an underneath pimple which feels very big in size and it has caused all around it to go red and now swollen, how do i get the swelling down?

I have an underneath pimple which feels very big in size and it has caused all around it to go red and now swollen, how do i get the swelling down?

See your doctor: If redness, swelling, or pain is spreading, you should see your doctor. You may have an abscess (a collection of pus under the skin) which may require antibiotic treatment. ...Read more

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I tried to pop a pimple that was not ready now the whole pimple and surrounding area is swollen and red and the skin has come off what shall I do?


I tried to pop a pimple that was not ready now the whole pimple and surrounding area is swollen and red and the skin has come off what shall I do?

Abscess?: It sounds like you may have developed an abscess in the area of the pimple. The best treatment for this is to have it drained. Most urgent care clinics can take care of this, as well as primary care offices. ...Read more

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I have a pimple like bump on chest brown hole in middle and swollen white then red. Started small and slowly growing and becoming painful.

I have a pimple like bump on chest brown hole in middle and swollen white then red. Started small and slowly growing and becoming painful.

Tricky: Without an actual examination, I cannot give specific medical advice on your particular health,
Dermatologic conditions are hard to evaluate without seeing them in person.
But, local infections grow with collections of pus and can cause a variety of color changes. They need specfic treament often with minor surgery. ...Read more

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Can a pimple be red, swollen, painful, and itchy on my labia?

Can a pimple be red, swollen, painful, and itchy on my labia?

See gynecologist: You should see a gynecologist as soon as possible. It could just be an infected hair follicle but it could also be an std. It is always best to get it diagnosed by gyn so you can get the best treatment. ...Read more

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Are there any home remedies that work to reduce or eliminate really bad pimples ? It is swollen, red, and very painful :-(

Are there any home remedies that work to reduce or eliminate really bad pimples ? It is swollen, red, and very painful :-(

Scientific Rx: Vee, you're doing yourself a disservice if you insist on a "home remedy" for a chronic, serious disease like acne that's a grave social and professional liability. Topical benzoyl peroxide and/or retinoic acid are for starters; if you're not clear in two weeks, get with your personal physician. Ignore all "pop" / "nutritional" / "lifestyle" advice and get the treatment you deserve. ...Read more

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I woke up this morning with what appears to be a bite on my arm, it is red and swollen hot to the touch is it a bite or could it be a hive/pimple?

I woke up this morning with what appears to be a bite on my arm, it is red and swollen hot to the touch is it a bite or could it be a hive/pimple?

Not diagnostic: Without examining it, it's not possible to make a diagnosis. If there is spreading redness,heat,pain and/or tenderness,Antibiotics may be needed for a secondary bacterial infection of a bite or an early boil. Get it checked by a physician if you observe these findings. In the meantime apply warm compresses and apply an antibacterial ointment like bacitracin. ...Read more

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My 13 month old son periodically wakes with red, swollen pimple like marks on his cheeks that last several days. I use only fragrance free detergent.

My 13 month old son periodically wakes with red, swollen pimple like marks on his cheeks that last several days. I use only fragrance free detergent.

Send us a picture: You can upload a picture of the rash at imgur.com
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You can write to us again with the URL included in the question and we will be able to view it. This is all done anonymously. The URL is the web address, eg, www.......com ...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 develop swollen under my lower eyelids! when i blink it hurts and it's very red inside! i don't think it's a sty cuz there is no pimple there!

I develop swollen under my lower eyelids! when i blink it hurts and it's very red inside! i don't think it's a sty cuz there is no pimple there!

Internal sty: There are stys that are external (the pimple is easily seen) and those that are internal (the pimple is not visible, as in your case). I suspect this is the case for your condition. Warm compress the area, gentle massage and see ophthalmologist if symptoms are not improving in a day or two. ...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 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 lymph gland in my groin. Thinking it was a pimple i squeezed it now it's painful and red and more swollen. Should i be worried?

Depends: Are you sexually active? If you are, you could have acquired a sexually transmitted infection. I urge you to see your doctor for an evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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A pimple friday(was popped on same day) has since gotten bigger and swollen. Hard to keep eye open. Very painful red and a bit hard. What could it be?

Eyelid stye: Blocked oil glands (meibomian glands) in the eyelid can become infected and cause swelling and pain. You may need an antibiotic and should see an ophthalmologist if it doesn't get better. A warm compress on the area will help it heal. ...Read more

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I have a white headed pimple on my left elbow, in which the area surrounding it is very red and swollen. I noticed it yesterday (red bump) when it was?

I have a white headed pimple on my left elbow, in which the area surrounding it is very red and swollen. I noticed it yesterday (red bump) when it was?

Pimple or more?: Is this a pimple or a boil? If skin is red, swollen, tender, painful, warm, has possible streaking or drainage - this may be an infection that would warrant assessment. ...Read more

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Woke up with a bump low on my bum , squeezed it thinking it was a pimple & stung ! looked at it , it's a swollen pink, red bump. It hurts. What is this?

Woke up with a bump low on my bum , squeezed it thinking it was a pimple & stung ! looked at it , it's a swollen pink, red bump. It hurts. What is this?

Pimple or Boil?: This could be an acne-like lesion or an infection or possibly something else. You may want to hot pack it for a few days and see if it comes to a head a drains. If it continues to swell and get larger and more tender, or if you are feeling ill, go see your doctor. ...Read more

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Labia majora pimple 1 wk painful . Has not gone away or popped. Swollen red painful. How to treat?

Hot compress: Try a hot compress to bring it to a head and drain it. It may be necessary to take antibiotics, or in extreme cases to have a doctor remove it. ...Read more

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Woke up with a red swollen pimple like lump on base of penis, tried to pop it and now its purple and bigger. Pimple or something else?

Woke up with a red swollen pimple like lump on base of penis, tried to pop it and now its purple and bigger. Pimple or something else?

Penile Lesion: Never try to 'pop' a lesion on the genitals. You have a significant risk of pushing the infection deeper into the tissues and spreading the infection. You will need to have this seen by a health provider. It cannot be managed without being seen directly. ...Read more

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I found a small sensitive red bump under my armpit and I thought it was a pimple but now there is a second one and my gland is swollen/sensitive?

I found a small sensitive red bump under my armpit and I thought it was a pimple but now there is a second one and my gland is swollen/sensitive?

Staph infection: Most likely you have staph infection which should be evaluated at your doctor's office or urgent care clinic for prompt treatment. These bumps, if left untreated evolve into abscesses, which often need to be lanced for drainage. Feel better! ...Read more

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In the past week I have gotten this extreme breakout across my face. They are large red pimples that feel swollen. What can I do? may be hormonal?

In the past week I have gotten this extreme breakout across my face. They are large red pimples that feel swollen. What can I do? may be hormonal?

Could: Acne .May worsen with stress.Treatment is available
See your PCP . Topicals like Benzoylperoxide or cleon with or without oral med like Doxycyline ...Read more

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I noticed a red spot on my leg. It's swollen. About 1.25 inch one way and .5 inch the other. There is a small lump but I just considered it a pimple.

I noticed a red spot on my leg. It's swollen. About 1.25 inch one way and .5 inch the other. There is a small lump but I just considered it a pimple.

Skin infections: Pus filled bumps on the skin are usually the symptom of a skin infection. When they become red, warm to touch and painful it is called cellulitis. Treatment of this includes oral antibiotics and occassionally drainage. See your doctor, because resistant infections are becoming more common and require special treatment. ...Read more

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Noticed That My Inner Labia Minora Looked Swollen, There Looks Like There's 2 Red Little Pimples There, What Is This??

Noticed That My Inner Labia Minora Looked Swollen, There Looks Like There's 2 Red Little Pimples There, What Is This??

Hard to say: It's always hard to tell what something is without seeing it. It is common to get plugged moisture glands in that area, that would look like pimples. But to really answer the question, a doctor needs to see the rash and to know more information. You can contact us at Healthtap.com or see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have what feels like a pimple on the cartilage of my ear. It is red, very swollen, and painful to the touch. What can I do?

I have what feels like a pimple on the cartilage of my ear. It is red, very swollen, and painful to the touch. What can I do?

Sounds like: an abscess. It could progress to destroy the cartilage, which is easily damaged by infection. Get to a doctor in order to avoid any cartilage damae. ...Read more