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I have a painful pimple on my elbow. Why does this happen?

I have a painful pimple on my elbow. Why does this happen?

Because it can: And does happen. An inflammed oil gland or hair follicle is common, . Keep it protected with a band aid, clean and use warm compresses. It should resolve. Don't manipulate it. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...Read more


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I have a small pimple on my elbow I don't know if it could be a staph infection or just a regular pimple?

I have a small pimple on my elbow I don't know if it could be a staph infection or just a regular pimple?

Any cuts?: Chances are it might be folliculitis but it's hard to tell without seeing it. Is there any pus oozing, honey-crusting on top, or redness around it? Most times, a staph infection sets in when there is injury to the skin. Exception is when there is a follicle that gets infected or ingrown hair. ...Read more

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I have dry,itchy pimples growing under my elbow. Can it be from the cold weather.. What to do?

I have dry,itchy pimples growing under my elbow. Can it be from the cold weather.. What to do?

Possible: Dry skin can cause it. Try applying moisturizer at the area 2x daily especially after bathing. If not helpful after 2 weeks, see dermatologist. Cold weather is associated with dry air especially when the furnace is running, thus the increased problem with dry skin. ...Read more

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I have a pimple swelling on my elbow and puss comes out of it i have been on anti biotics but nothing seems to happen, more less my hand is now swelling up what would you advice me to do?

I have a pimple swelling on my elbow and puss comes out of it i have been on anti biotics but nothing seems to happen, more less my hand is now swelling up what would you advice me to do?

Get it checked: Sounds like you may have an abcess. The reason the antibiotic doesn't seem to be helping may be: wrong antibiotic for type of infection, retained foreign body (splinter, etc), and or abcess, or spread into the joint. The area may need to be drained or the drainage sent for culture to determine the appropriate antibiotic. In the meantime keeping your arm elevated may help with the hand swelling ...Read more

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I have pimple like bumps on my elbow. But they never go away after i get the pus out. They don't hurt or itch. Any idea what they could be.

I have pimple like bumps on my elbow. But they never go away after i get the pus out. They don't hurt or itch. Any idea what they could be.

Infection: It sounds like these are not really pimples. First, stop squeezing them. Second, you should see your doc or a dermatologist for definitive diagnosis and treatment. Good luck! ...Read more

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Dr , 2 days ago a small pimple appeared on my right elbow. It doubled the size today and has white stuff in it. What should I do?

Dr , 2 days ago a small pimple appeared on my right elbow. It doubled the size today and has white stuff in it. What should I do?

Skin Pustule: Please make an appointment with your family physician to see if you may need antibiotics for an infection. Please go to urgent care if you have pain and tenderness as well. Some infections can become serious very quickly. Use a very warm cloth or warm water to soak it in to bring blood flow to the area. Do not squeeze it. ...Read more

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I have red bumps on my arms like pimples but not. From my elbows to shoulder what is this from. Coffee or dairy.

I have red bumps on my arms like pimples but not. From my elbows to shoulder what is this from. Coffee or dairy.

Chicken skin?: May be keratosis pilaris. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/keratosis-pilaris/basics/definition/con-20025750 Should check with a dermatologist to make sure. ...Read more

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

Pimples are a kind of acne, and are a condition where oil gets trapped in a pore of the skin resulting in small area of ...Read more