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Dr. Edward Young Jr
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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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For 4 months i have ben having some sort of continously acne infections only on my right cheek. Red pimples with green/white pus. Whats the solution?

For 4 months i have ben having some sort of continously acne infections only on my right cheek. Red pimples with green/white pus. Whats the solution?

One sided pimples: suggest either a bacterial, as most acne is generally symmetrical to some extent. Other possible causes may be repeated friction or pressure in one area, such as leaning on your face, the phone against the face or protective gear such as helmet. I recommend getting an evaluation. A short course of oral antibiotics may make a significant difference. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Fisher
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Cold sore or pimple? White pus which was "popped". No tingle, burning or blister. Can cold sores be popped, if so, can the stuff be whitish?

Cold sore or pimple? White pus which was "popped". No tingle, burning or blister. Can cold sores be popped, if so, can the stuff be whitish?

Herpes: You have a pimple and not herpes. Tingling, itching, or burning occur before the blisters appear, the skin may tingle, itch, or burn for a day or so. ...Read more

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Dr. Ira Katz
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Had protected sex with a sex worker. Developed simple painless non-itchy pimple with hair in it 16 days after exposure. Pimple popped and a thick white pus came out followed by some clear liquid. Pimple scabbed with hair still visible. Herpes?

Had protected sex with a sex worker. Developed simple painless non-itchy pimple with hair in it 16 days after exposure. Pimple popped and a thick white pus came out followed by some clear liquid. Pimple scabbed with hair still visible. Herpes?

Unlikely: There are some contagious things this could be, it however, does not sound like herpes. On the other hand this can be anything from an ingrown hair to syphilis based on the description. It may be embarrassing, but this is something you need to get checked. If you don't want to see your doctor I'm sure you can find a walk in clinic you don't normally use. Just be open and honest. ...Read more

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Dr. Lauren Standig
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I had a black spot on my breast, it was itchy so I scratched it then it became like a pimple. I squeezed it then white pus came out then black pus?

I had a black spot on my breast, it was itchy so I scratched it then it became like a pimple. I squeezed it then white pus came out then black pus?

Blackhead: It sounds like you had a clogged pore or blackhead. When you scratched it, the bacteria normally on your skin were able to make their way underneath and cause a mild infection. This was the white pus that you noted. If it does not resolve completely, you should see your doctor. A picture is always helpful when trying to diagnose a skin problem. ...Read more

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Dr. Todd Sisto
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Is it normal to get a pimple on the areola? because I just got it today and it's very painful even when I squeezed it white pus came out of it

Is it normal to get a pimple on the areola? because I just got it today and it's very painful even when I squeezed it white pus came out of it

A pimple: that is painful enough to write in about might be a small abscess or infected duct that might best be managed with antibiotics and surgical help draining if need be ...Read more

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Dr. Christopher Quinn
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I have a pimple on my upper thigh near the groin, its not painful if untouched.Today it has some white pus, what could it be and what causes it.

I have a pimple on my upper thigh near the groin, its not painful if untouched.Today it has some white pus, what could it be and what causes it.

Abscess: Sounds like a simple boil or abscess- or skin infection. The most common cause is staph aureus- the treatment is warm compresses and drainage- rarely are antibiotics necessary unless the infection spreads. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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I was having a pimple on face with white head when i burst it its whit portion got into my skin would it become in pus ?

I was having a pimple on face with white head when i burst it its whit portion got into my skin would it become in pus ?

Yes, that's pus: You're almost grown up and your acne is now your responsibility to manage. If topical benzoyl peroxide has not cleared you in two weeks, phone your personal physician and make an appointment. The pus itself does not spread the acne. ...Read more

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Pimples (Definition)

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