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I tried to popped a painful pimple or cystic type acne on the bridge of my nose. I wasn't aware of the term "triangle of death". Should I be worried?

I tried to popped a painful pimple or cystic type acne on the bridge of my nose. I wasn't aware of the term "triangle of death". Should I be worried?

No: I actually got all worked up over this as a first year med student, and it helped me understand others' concerns today. The danger of a cavernous sinus thrombosis as a result of a pimple here is an exaggerated "pop" claim. If you do have acne lesions that are troublesome like this, get / stay on benzoyl peroxide and add what prescription Rx may work. Best wishes ...Read more

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 failed popping my cystic pimple. Now it's still got puss, and it's inflamed and purple. Is there a way of treating this at home?

I failed popping my cystic pimple. Now it's still got puss, and it's inflamed and purple. Is there a way of treating this at home?

Cystic acne: Popping pimples/cysts not a good idea: can drive infection deeper. Warm-hot compresses can draw cyst to head so it opens on its own & drains. But best treatment is to see dermatologist for definitive care of acne: topical meds + oral antibiotics; possibly accutane-like product if condition is severe. Should also be checked for polycystic ovarian ds by doc. ...Read more

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I have a cystic pimple on my cheek. Tried popping it and failed. Now it's bigger, purple/black in colour and very sore. What do I do?

I have a cystic pimple on my cheek. Tried popping it and failed. Now it's bigger, purple/black in colour and very sore. What do I do?

See a dermatologist: The acne cyst can be injected with kenalog (triamcinolone) which should help shrink it. Usually trying to pop a pimple creates more inflammation and pain. Your dermatologist may also want to determine if there is any infection there. ...Read more

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2 days ago I got a cystic pimple on my nasal bone and I tried to pop it. Now my nasal bone has been swollen for 2 days. Pus will come but not all!

2 days ago I got a cystic pimple on my nasal bone and I tried to pop it. Now my nasal bone has been swollen for 2 days. Pus will come but not all!

Pimple: Acne and cysts especially on the face should be left to the dermatologists. It sounds like a cyst that is now inflamed. Leave it be a apply warm wet compresses and go see your doctor. You might need antibiotics. ...Read more

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I am experiencing eye swelling. I suffer from cystic acen. Started to develop a pimple near nose under eyebrow, eye is swelling, please advise. No pop?

I am experiencing eye swelling. I suffer from cystic acen. Started to develop a pimple near nose under eyebrow, eye is swelling, please advise. No pop?

Cystic acne: Are you on Accutane/ isotrentoin acid (which I recommend all avoid given risk it will damage Meibomian glands and lead to severe dry eye) or Doxy? Do you eat gluten? Consult with us to help solve this issue. ...Read more

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How can I treat a deep cystic pimple?

How can I treat a deep cystic pimple?

Cystic pimple: Warm compresses and prescription retin a (tretinoin) or similar creams may help shrink a cystic acne lesion. A dermatologist may inject corticosteroid into the area to decrease a red, tender cyst rapidly. ...Read more

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How can I avoid from popping a pimple?

How can I avoid from popping a pimple?

Don't pick at it: Cleanse the area
warm soaks
exfoliate with an otc wash
benzoyl peroxide ointments may help as well you can fond 10% over the counter as well ...Read more

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Will a cystic pimple go away on its own?

Will a cystic pimple go away on its own?

Some will, some that: Have a true sac may not, and some may scar, see a board certified dermatologist for treatment, if not resolving in a few weeks ...Read more

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How can you remove cystic pimple for good?

How can you remove cystic pimple for good?

No cure: Cystic acne can be kept at bay for a few years by a several-month course of isotretinoin. Nothing less will touch it. You have a right to effective treatment. Best wishes. ...Read more

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If you have a cystic pimple, how long untill it heals by itself?

If you have a cystic pimple, how long untill it heals by itself?

Infection: It can vary depending upon secondary infection. Additional medication may be required for the infection ...Read more

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I think I have a cystic pimple, it started small I picked at it and now it's about an inch and a 1/2 across very painful.

I think I have a cystic pimple, it started small I picked at it and now it's about an inch and a 1/2 across very painful.

MRSA Staph Infection: Please get yourself to your family doctors office today. This is not a pimple it is most likely a staph bacterial infection and these can get nasty and dangerous very quickly. ...Read more

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Why might someone suddenly have cystic pimples?

Why might someone suddenly have cystic pimples?

Don't ask why: If this is a young person, don't look for an explanation for cystic acne. There's nothing you can change about hygiene, sex, lifestyle, or diet that will make it go away. You will probably need isotretinoin. If you're an adult, it may be a warning of one of the unusual glandular diseases. Usually it never gets explained. Manage it with strong meds. Don't try to solve it non-medically. ...Read more

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What is the clear fluid that builds up after popping a pimple?

What is the clear fluid that builds up after popping a pimple?

Edema: Generally the clear fluid that leaks is one of two things: either it's edema (swelling) from the trauma of the pressure or it's fluid from inside the cells that have ruptured. Either way it's an indication that you're applying too much pressure to "pop the pimple". It is not generally recommended to squeeze acne. The pressure can actually cause the infection to go deeper or lead to scarring. ...Read more

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Hello, I've been popping a pimple type thing on my back for years now. Large amounts of the white stuff. Starting to itch and bleed a little now.

Hello, I've been popping a pimple type thing on my back for years now. Large amounts of the white stuff. Starting to itch and bleed a little now.

Uncertain: Don't know if this is a cyst that may have become enlarged or infected. At this point, medical assessment would be your best option to determine what the lesion is and what treatment options are. Take care. ...Read more

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How can I stop popping my pimples?

How can I stop popping my pimples?

See a dermatologist: See a dermatologist and get a good treatment to stop your pimples from appearing in the first place, then you will not need to pop them. ...Read more

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How can I prevent cystic pimples from forming?

How can I prevent cystic pimples from forming?

Stronger Rx: I see that you are already on topical benzoyl peroxide but if you are getting cystic acne, you will probably want something stronger. The oral contraceptive pill (if right for you) or spironolactone are options, or your physician may want to add an antibiotic. If your acne is severe and your are offered isotretinoin, consider it. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How to get rid of cystic pimples?

How to get rid of cystic pimples?

This takes more than: Otc products. Please see a dermatologist for proper treatment. Take care. ...Read more

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