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Doctor insights on: Red Pimple Like Bumps On Back

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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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Itchy red rash on the back of neck, feels a bit painful and skin stretching, some clear and red pimple-like bumps. Mostly round quarter size patches?

Itchy red rash on the back of neck, feels a bit painful and skin stretching, some clear and red pimple-like bumps. Mostly round quarter size patches?

Eczema vs infection: This rash could be a dry skin patch like eczema that is now becoming a superficial skin infection. It is important that this be evaluated by a physician to determine the correct treatment. Eczema can be treated with topical steroids and moisturizers while an infection requires antibiotics. ...Read more

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How do I remove small itchy red pimple like bumps on my stomach arms and back?

How do I remove small itchy red pimple like bumps on my stomach arms and back?

Maybe allergies: You may have a contact dermatitis (allergic reaction similar to poison ivy or hives) or a form of eczema. If this is chronic and recurrent you may psoriasis as well. See your doctor for a diagnosis and then get treatment. ...Read more

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I have a bump on my back that hurts like a pimple but it's not. It's red, about the size of a dime and hurts to touch.?

I have a bump on my back that hurts like a pimple but it's not. It's red, about the size of a dime and hurts to touch.?

Infected cyst: It is probably an infected cyst. A hot compress 3 times a day can help bring it to a head. If it is soft and feels like there is fluid in it, you should see a dermatologist to have it opened. ...Read more

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I have a small bump on the back of my neck near where the spine starts. It's like a little pimple and hard but is not red. Could it be a node?

I have a small bump on the back of my neck near where the spine starts. It's like a little pimple and hard but is not red. Could it be a node?

Lymph nodes: Am supposing that is what you mean. Yes, it could be a lymph node, or any of a dozen or more other things. Go and get this looked at by a professional if it persists and bothers you. Good luck. ...Read more

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I live in arizona and in the summer heat i get red it hey painful pimple like bumps on my butt and back of thighs. What can I do to stop this?

Folliculitis: This may be due to folliculitis or other causes. The best solution is to see a dermatologist for a consultation, diagnosis, and treatment recommendations, hygiene and exfoliation will help but medications may be required, laser hair removal can also help. ...Read more

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I have a large red bump on the back of my arm where the muscle is. It looks like a pimple and is very painful. What is it?

Abscess? infected: Hair follicle? These are some of the common things that it could be. I suggest putting warm compresses on it to see if it might get soft and open up/drain. If it gets worse, see a doctor for evaluation, possible incision/drainage or antibiotics. ...Read more

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I have a red bump on my upper back that hurts and never had one before? It looks like a pimple but I have never had a pimple like this.And never had pimples/acne on my back just wondering if it could be a bite or somthing else.

I have a red bump on my upper back that hurts and never had one before? It looks like a pimple but I have never had a pimple like this.And never had pimples/acne on my back just wondering if it could be a bite or somthing else.

Without : Without examining you, its hard to say for certain what you have, but the red, painful lump you are experiencing could be a boil. Boils usually start out as tender, red areas which become hard and then eventually develop a "head" of white pus. Once this drains, the area usually heals on its own. Most of these are caused by staphylococcus aureas, a common bacteria found on the skin. Occasionally, however, the can be caused by mrsa, the antibiotic resistent kind of staph bacteria. Next time you develop one of these infections, start out by applying warm compresses to the area to help draw the infection out. Then, you should see your doctor so that they can drain it, test for what bacteria is causing it and be able to treat you appropriately - sometimes with antibiotics, sometimes just with drainage. If you ever develop fever, chills, or feel ill with this infection, call your doctor immediately. You can try and prevent these infections by practicing good hygiene and using anti-bacterial soaps. Your doctor may have other suggestions for prevention. ...Read more

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When I shave my bikini area it hurts and I get red bumps (some are pimple like and/or ingrown hairs) afterwards that hurt as well. When the hair is growing back it's discomforting as well. Is there anything I can do to prevent this? I use shaving cream w

When I shave my bikini area it hurts and I get red bumps (some are pimple like and/or ingrown hairs)  afterwards that hurt as well. When the hair is growing back it's discomforting as well. Is there anything I can do to prevent this? I use shaving cream w

Shaving tips: Insure you use fresh, sharp blades vice dull blades. If hair is > several mm long – then trim before shaving. Wash area before shaving – warm water helps to soften hair. Use a lubricant when shaving. Avoid using products that contain alcohol or are scented. Shave in direction of the hair – not against it. Be gentle when shaving – don’t push down too hard. Moisturize skin after shaving. ...Read more

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When I shave my bikini area it hurts and I get red bumps (some are pimple like and/or ingrown hairs) afterwards that hurt as well. When the hair is growing back it's discomforting as well. Is there anything I can do to prevent this? I use shaving cream w

When I shave my bikini area it hurts and I get red bumps (some are pimple like and/or ingrown hairs)  afterwards that hurt as well. When the hair is growing back it's discomforting as well. Is there anything I can do to prevent this? I use shaving cream w

Folliculitis: You are probably developing folliculitis which is an inflammation of the hair follicles. You may get relief from this problem by using a depilatory cream such as nair or neet. These products work well and are much less apt to cause irritation. ...Read more