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Pop Or Not Pop Pimples
Small pimple like bumps on lower buttocks and upper thighs. Not pimples, they don't pop. Doesn't hurt unless I try to pop them. Never itches. Help please?
Folliculitis vs: could be hair follicle infection or even bed bug or other insect bites [fleas ect] but likely just fiolliculitis treatment sometimes will go way if lingers more than 2 weeks , take cipro (ciprofloxacin) or doxycycline for a week to 10 days , if you were in a hot tub avoid it , could be from contaminationthere, clean with bleach[the tub] add teaspoon of bleach to the water. ...Read more
The correct answer: Is no, but everyone does it. Sometimes popping them will cause them to burst under the skin and create a cyst-which can last for weeks or more. Blackheads can be removed with a comedone extractor, that you can purchase at a drug store. White heads, usually can be emptied without much pressure. Red or tender pimples should probably be left alone until they "come to a head.". ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Probably not: A good idea as the bacteria can spread and cause further infection and the trauma can cause scarring. Gentle pressure on a blackhead , especially if using retin a (tretinoin) or equivalent medication is probably alright if using tissue between the fingers and very light pressure to avoid trauma and scarring. Ith wise, have them extracted by a professional. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Have these bumps that resemble blackheads on my neck but wont pop. Are they blackheads? If so why wont they pop? I
Called Papules: Papules are hard bumps with no opening just under the skin. Most are hair bumps where a hair follicle curls back under the skin and not upwards. Given time these will work themselves out or you may need to get a dermatologist to "pluck" them out. Blackhead have an opening with a core that you can GENTLY pushed out. Google "hair bump" and blackhead to see if they match. ...Read more
Should i let poison ivy blisters pop on their own or can I pop them? Also, why do they ooze gold color?
Can a cold sore look like a whitehead pimple and pop like a pimple? Can pimples appear on lip? No tingling or itching or blister?
Cold sore: The answer is yes to all your queries. ...Read more
No: Popping pimples, as tempting as it may be, is not good as it increases the likelihood of scarring and spreading of an infection. The latter occurs because as you squeeze, you are not only pushing the contents up through the skin but you are also forcing the contents under the skin as well. ...Read more
I have red pimple like thing around the head of my penes. I try to pop them but its extremely sore and wont pop.
You can, but don't.: Generally these will open and create a small ulcerated area on the skin by themselves. If you squeeze or open them in an unsterile fashion they have a chance of becoming secondarily infected, and although i hate driving business away, you don't need added problems. ...Read more
Manage it: You won't be able to do anything about these other than perhaps use warm compresses. You need to increase whatever you do to manage your acne -- benzoyl peroxide, retinoic acid derivatives, prescription-strength medicine from your physician. It's not pleasant, but be persistent with it until it remits on its own. Trying to figure out what makes acne flares is almost never helpful. ...Read more
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