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The side of the cuticle near my nail was really sore yesterday and red and today there is a bit of yellow pus under the skin. What do I do?

The side of the cuticle near my nail was really sore yesterday and red and today there is a bit of yellow pus under the skin. What do I do?

Try..: Try topical antibiotics like neosporin over the counter. If after a couple of days using it you see no improvement or worsening of pain and redness go to the nearest urgent care center for management. Keep the area clean with soap and water at all times. ...Read more

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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Found a small cyst with some pus under my skin on my chest. Was found after taking off a tight shirt. Does wearing tight clothing cause this?

Found a small cyst with some pus under my skin on my chest. Was found after taking off a tight shirt. Does wearing tight clothing cause this?

NO: Tight clothing does not cause a cyst or small pustule. Acne like lesion are not uncommon on the chest. When some one sweats a lot such as running or hard work, etc this can help cause this problem. If you have acne, you would be more prone to have this. ...Read more

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I have a pocket of pus under the flap skin on my finger I cut 2 weeks ago. What should I do?

I have a pocket of pus under the flap skin on my finger I cut 2 weeks ago. What should I do?

Pus under skin: In the hand if not decompressed, can lead to a more severe inection that can spread quickly even in the presence of antibiotics. This needs to be decompressed. Hand anatomy doesn't leave much room for fluid so deeper structures are at risk. Seek medical attention ...Read more

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Can infected abd surgical site affect my baby? Pus under skin after complaint of severe surgical pain. Only amoxicillin because of the pregnancy per md

Yes: The infection if it stays localized will not affect your baby at all. If it were to become systemic, that is, if the bacteria were to move into your bloodstream, then that could affect the baby. If it's not getting better see your doctor again. If you have concerns about your doctor, consider getting a second opinion. Amoxicillin is a good anabiotic but may not be first in line for skin infection. ...Read more

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Hello, I have small skin sore on my feet that can't heal now for about 2 month. I think this is mostly because of pus that appears under skin?

Hello, I have small skin sore on my feet that can't heal now for about 2 month. I think this is mostly because of pus that appears under skin?

Time to act.: There are quite a few reasons for chronic non-healing sores on the foot. None are good. It's time to be evaluated to remove all doubt. ...Read more

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Small, slightly yellow, bumps which seems to be filled with water like or pus under my left foot. Skin is also peeling everywhere on foot.?

Small, slightly yellow, bumps which seems to be filled with water like or pus under my left foot. Skin is also peeling everywhere on foot.?

Vesicular eruption: There are several different possible causes of what sounds like a vesicular rash on your foot. This sounds like it may be caused by the same organism that causes athlete's foot, especially because you say you are having peeling of skin as well. You might also want to make sure you haven't had recent exposure to something that may cause contact dermatitis, another cause of a vesicular rash. ...Read more

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I've tiny of what seems to be pus filled cirlces under my lip skin. I've googled vesicles and cold sores and it doesn't looklike that. What else can itbe?

I've tiny of what seems to be pus filled cirlces under my lip skin. I've googled vesicles and cold sores and it doesn't looklike that. What else can itbe?

Small salivary gland: What you're seeing is normal anatomy -you probably never looked this close at the underside of your lip. There can be many small salivary glands there that look frightening because we're just not used to seeing it... Unless you're having pain there, a very dry mouth, fevers or some other problems I wouldn't worry about it. Take care. ...Read more

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My husband is on his 4th day of antibiotics for cellulitis. His finger is now not only red but looks like a big pus pocket is under his skin. Shud he?

Yes. You should: Take him in to the ER to have an incision and drainage performed. Hand infections can worsen rapidly and usually what you see on the outside is the tip of the iceberg. Don't want to mess around with hand infections. Get it evaluated and treated ASAP. ...Read more

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I have a white pimple like bump deep under the skin on my face, poked with needle and pus came out but its back?

I have a white pimple like bump deep under the skin on my face, poked with needle and pus came out but its back?

White bumps in skin: If the material was truly pus and flowed out like a liquid, this would more likely be an abscess and be associated with inflammation. If it was cheesy, it is most likely a milia. Regardless, if you want these addressed, you must find a local physician to evaluate and treat you. ...Read more

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2 day old burn, red skin, in one area under the skin it looks like there is some pus, is it better to leave it or pop it?

Second deg burn: Definitely it is better to leave it unpopped. This leaves the burn in a sterile environment with less chance of introducing infection. ...Read more

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A lot of blackheads on the skin around the vagina. Some swell into cysts which feel large under the skin and the pus smells. What is it?

Examination: Lumps, bumps, blisters and other skin abnormalities on the genitals need to be evaluated. An examination will be needed to know the cause and treatment. ...Read more

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I have very tiny, white (pus filled??) spots on my lips. They're in various spots & not painful maybe a bit tingly. They are under the skin. Ideas?

Probably normal: This sounds like you are looking too closely and noticing normal sebaceous or sweat glands. Google "Fordyce spots" and see if they match what you are seeing. Probably normal and all is well. If in doubt, see your doctor -- but in the meantime, don't worry. It's very unlikely to be anything serious. ...Read more

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Like a pimple under the skin, hard, not filled with pus or anything, originally had one on finger under nail, now have one on bottom of foot?

Like a pimple under the skin, hard, not filled with pus or anything, originally had one on finger under nail, now have one on bottom of foot?

Callus: It could just be a callous or corn. Try over the counter compound w, apply some neosporin to prevent infection. If not improved see your dr. ...Read more

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Hi, can abscess drainage leave hard lump under the skin something like a scar tissue. Abscess was pretty big and healed by granulation 10 yrs ago?

Hi, can abscess drainage leave hard lump under the skin something like a scar tissue. Abscess was pretty big and healed by granulation 10 yrs ago?

Yes: Abscesses that were drained a long time ago can leave scar (or fibrous) tissue in the place of the abscess or in the area where it was cut open. This is a normal occurrence, as long as it does not appear infected (not red, swollen, hot or draining). ...Read more

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How does a pus is formed on the skin...? How can we prevent ourselves from pus formation?

How does a pus is formed on the skin...? How can we prevent ourselves from pus formation?

Immune Cells: When one has an infection the immune fighting cells, the white blood cells, come to attack and to destroy the infection. This is pus. If you did not have an immune system then you would die. It is absolutely a wrong assumption that you do not want immune cells in your body or to 'prevent' your body from fighting off infection. ...Read more