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Large red bump with white head, what is this?

Large red bump with white head, what is this?

Do not know: It is best if that is seen. Can be a boil or a bug bite or infection...do not know without seeing it. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

A very common skin condition that 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 ...Read more


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Red bump with white head on it. On my outer labia. It only hurts when being pressed or touched against it. What could this be?

Red bump with white head on it. On my outer labia. It only hurts when being pressed or touched against it. What could this be?

Possible infection: This could be an infected gland in the area. Suggest you use warm compresses or sit in a tub of very warm water and also wash with an antibacterial soap like dial. If it worsens, may need to be drained by a doctor or you may need an antibiotic. ...Read more

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Had small red bump with white head in pubic hair area. Shaved a few days ago. Popped and thickish white pus and a little blood no burning or itch. Sti?

Had small red bump with white head in pubic hair area. Shaved a few days ago. Popped and thickish white pus and a little blood no burning or itch. Sti?

Ingrown hair: Ingrown hairs are common in the pubic area, created by shaving or the friction from underwear. They can appear as pimple like bumps, occassionally with pus. Applying warm compresses and washing twice daily with a warm soapy washcloth should help the site drain and heal faster. See your doctor if symptoms do not improve with these measures. STI would be unlikely. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of red bumps with white head on legs?

How do I get rid of red bumps with white head on legs?

Bumps: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes.
Once accurately assessed a treatment plan can be developed. ...Read more

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My boyfriend has been iching in between his inner thighs and now ive been having the same symptoms he does have tiny red bumps with no white heads????

My boyfriend has been iching in between his inner thighs and now ive been having the same symptoms he does have tiny red bumps with no white heads????

Fungus or scabies: Most likely cause of itchy rash in that area that is shared between sexual partners is either skin fungus or skin mites (scabies). You can try non-prescription antifungal cream, and if that's not helping after 4-5 days, then ask your doctor for anti-scabies cream. ...Read more

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I have 5/6 small red bumps almost like white heads on my shaft. Try to pop them nothing happens. They don't hurt what could it be?

I have 5/6 small red bumps almost like white heads on my shaft. Try to pop them nothing happens. They don't hurt what could it be?

BUMPS ON PENIS: THESE BUMPS COULD BE SMALL, HARMLESS WHITEHEADS. PLUGGED UP OIL GLANDS. NOT UNCOMMON OR UNUSUAL.
BUT WITHOUT ACTUALLY SEEING THEM, THERE IS NO WAY THAT I COULD BE SURE.
PLEASE SEE YOUR PCP OR A DERMATOLOGIST.
BEST LUCK. . . ...Read more

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I have ingrown hairs, red bumps and pimples (white heads) near my vagina (mostly on the inner thigh and crease). What is the cause? How can I improve?

I have ingrown hairs, red bumps and pimples (white heads) near my vagina (mostly on the inner thigh and crease). What is the cause? How can I improve?

Dump the razor: Shaving with a razor can cause tiny cuts that get infected... Get rid of the razor, ask your doc to treat infection if there is one and switch to a beard trimmer ...Read more

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What is molluscum contagiosum its little bumps red surface white head

What is molluscum contagiosum its little bumps red surface white head

Molluscum: Molluscum contagiosum is a viral infection of the skin. It causes pearly lesions or bumps. I don't know what the cause if of the lesion you are describing. ...Read more

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Small red bumps some have a white head on them. Started on upper chest and now on arms. What could this be?

Small red bumps some have a white head on them. Started on upper chest and now on arms. What could this be?

Doctor can evaluate: Bumps may be conditions such as keratosis pilaris, eczema, comedones, or folliculitis. Each would have a different treatment, so a primary care doctor or a dermatologist can evaluate and give some recommendations. Rashes are hard to describe in words. Little white heads are more likely folliculitis. If recently using a hot tub, such a rash could be due to that. ...Read more

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Baby has red bump on head white puss comes out?

Baby has red bump on head white puss comes out?

Time for a visit: You don't mention the babies age. If under 2 months an office visit today is very important & you should not delay. If an older toddler, you might clean the area and monitor it for a few days. If the pus doesn't re-accumulate it may heal with simple wound care. ...Read more

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What to do about red, rash-like bumps with white heads?

What to do about red, rash-like bumps with white heads?

Depends: Without seeing the rash, advise is very difficult. Recommend seeing you doc for a look at the rash. ...Read more

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I had this rash come and go around my mouth. It's a cluster of little red bumps that turn to white heads. What kind of food can cause that? Help!

I had this rash come and go around my mouth. It's a cluster of little red bumps that turn to white heads. What kind of food can cause that? Help!

Perioral dermatitis: What you describe sounds like perioral dermatitis, a relative of rosacea. Foods generally don't make it worse but cortisone creams and heavy moisturizers do. We use anti inflammatory medications such as topical creams such as metronidazole, sulfur/sulfacetamide and oral antibiotics to reduce the inflammation. It may take several months to get the rash under control. ...Read more

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Daughter is 15 months old has one red bump in her inner thigh started off hard now its going soft but still very red and has a lil white head.

Daughter is 15 months old has one red bump in her inner thigh started off hard now its going soft but still very red and has a lil white head.

Abcess?: This sounds like a small abcess, possibly from an ingrown hair, or something of the sort. You should see your pediatrician for definitive diagnosis and possible treatment. Do not squeeze it! ...Read more

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My son was bit by a tick abt 2 wks ago. It was jus a red bump but now is looking more like a blister or white head. This normal or Should I be worried?

My son was bit by a tick abt 2 wks ago. It was jus a red bump but now is looking more like a blister or white head. This normal or Should I be worried?

Local reaction: Most insect bites induce local reaction, some reactions are immediate others maybe delayed &/ prolonged. Your son was bitten by a tick and raises the concern of possible transmission of certain infections. The type of tick, your geographic location and the general health of your son will be valuable contributors to guiding his care. Take care ...Read more

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Big red bump out of no where on the left side of my neck its like a big pimple but no head white head or anything and its sore any answers?

Warm compresses: Probably a soft tissue infection. Young guys get these because bacteria are able to invade beard hairs. Put warm compresses on it. If it seems to be a deep infection interfering with breathing (and you will know) or you develop a fever, get seen. If it is not resolving within a week get with your physician. ...Read more

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Hi I was wondering I just finished my mense and notice a red bump dome shape just today it has a white head it's located labia majora what can it be?

Hi I was wondering I just finished my mense and notice a red bump dome shape just today it has a white head it's located labia majora what can it be?

Pimple: Have you been scratching do you have any itches there it could be a pimple what happen sometime we scratch while we are sleep and couse irritation
clean with pyrixide or alcohhol and apply antibiotic cream if it get bigger or become more painful see a doctor ...Read more

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Cold sore or zit? Started as red bump in corner of lips, tried to pop like zit (no white head), crust formed, traces left 2 weeks later

Cold sore or zit? Started as red bump in corner of lips, tried to pop like zit (no white head), crust formed, traces left 2 weeks later

Cold sores: It is most likely a cold sores. If this is the first time you have it, most likely you have been exposed to somebody with it. It is caused by Herpes virus. Sometimes treatment is needed esp if it become recurrent. ...Read more

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I have a small red bump on the side of my face and it looks like a pimple. It doesn't hurt or itch. I have acne (15 yrs old), but that bump won't leav?

I have a small red bump on the side of my face and it looks like a pimple. It doesn't hurt or itch. I have acne (15 yrs old), but that bump won't leav?

Consider other dx: Sometimes there are skin conditions that co-exist with acne. For example, a condition known as pyogenic granuloma may appear at the site of an acne scar or blemish. This is handled differently than acne and must be diagnosed by the dermatologist. I suggest you don't pick or squeeze this bump and make an appointment with your PMD who may refer you to the dermatologist. ...Read more

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I have a tiny red bump at the corner of my mouth. I have not been kissed (or sexually active) in a over a year. Is it oral herpes or could it be acne?

I have a tiny red bump at the corner of my mouth. I have not been kissed (or sexually active) in a over a year. Is it oral herpes or could it be acne?

GOK: That stands for god only knows. If you want to know what it is, you will need to see a dentist or a physician to accurately diagnose it. There are many possibilities and without actually being able to personally see it, we can't give you a good answer, especially the right one. ...Read more

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Could a red bump on my shaft of penis be a pimple or a ingrown hair? I have not had sex and when erected it is bigger. Can you get acne on your penis

Could a red bump on my shaft of penis be a pimple or a ingrown hair? I have not had sex and when erected it is bigger. Can you get acne on your penis

Likely ingrown hair: Most likely it is an ingrown hair possibly getting infected. You can apply a topical abx like neosporin. If not improving get it checked out by your doctor. Does not sound like an STD though. ...Read more

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Hello, I'm trying to get rid of or mitigate a big red bump on my forehead that seems to be cystic acne. Is there any treatment that could help?

Hello, I'm trying to get rid of or mitigate a big red bump on my forehead that seems to be cystic acne. Is there any treatment that could help?

Grieving Time: Hello,
Once you get a big one, my recommendation is to first GRIEVE as this lump is likely not going away in the next 48 hours. This grieving process will decrease stress and prevent the downward spiral.
Then, attack it with full fury with hot compresses many times a day and dry it up a bit. You also have the option of a cortisone injection. Better prevention is key.

-Dr. Neal ...Read more

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I have a bump on my bikini area that is red and hard that goes away and comes back. This time it has a white head on it that hurts. What could it be?

I have a bump on my bikini area that is red and hard that goes away and comes back. This time it has a white head on it that hurts. What could it be?

Bump on bikini line: Sounds like an inflamed hair follicle or sebaceous cyst. I would keep heat packs on it to hp any drainage but you may want to see your doctor. It may need to be opened and drained or removed if it recurs. ...Read more

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Small red itchy bump came up then got larger developed white head then bright red and painful. Got black crus. Then several more came up in same area.

Small red itchy bump came up then got larger developed white head then bright red and painful. Got black crus. Then several more came up in same area.

Folliculitis: Small itchy red bumps that then develop a white head and appear in crops may be an infection of the hair follicles called folliculitis. Folliculitis is commonly caused by bacteria on the skin. Warm compresses may be applied to the rash but often it will resolve on it's own. Avoid shaving the affected region until the rash clears. ...Read more