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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne 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 face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...Read more


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I have a pimple like bump on chest brown hole in middle and swollen white then red. Started small and slowly growing and becoming painful.

I have a pimple like bump on chest brown hole in middle and swollen white then red. Started small and slowly growing and becoming painful.

Tricky: Without an actual examination, I cannot give specific medical advice on your particular health, Dermatologic conditions are hard to evaluate without seeing them in person. But, local infections grow with collections of pus and can cause a variety of color changes. They need specfic treament often with minor surgery. ...Read more

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I have about a hundred small red pimples that broke out on my upper chest neck overnight. Abnormal for me. What might have caused this?

I have about a hundred small red pimples that broke out on my upper chest neck overnight. Abnormal for me. What might have caused this?

Folliculitis: Folliculitis is an inflammatory condition affecting the hair follicles. It appears as a small localized area of pus surrounding the opening of a hair follicle. Older lesions that have lost the pus appear as red bumps surrounding the opening of the follicule. One to hundreds of follicles can be affected anywhere that hair is present. Actually, acne vulgaris, is a form of folliculitis. ...Read more

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My husband has a sore pimple like growth on right chest appeared suddenly with pain, redness, fever and swelling towards right armpit. Help pls.

My husband has a sore pimple like growth on right chest  appeared suddenly with pain, redness, fever and swelling towards right armpit. Help pls.

Furunculosis: What you are describing sounds like furunculosis, an infection of the hair follicle that progresses to cause a boil or abscess. This can cause systemic symptoms like fever, but this means it is getting worse and may progress even further. Could be mrsa. This problem needs to be evaluated by a doctor for culture of the abscess and antibiotics as soon as possible. Don't wait around on this one. ...Read more

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My chest starts hurting then it's a bit red with red bumps/pimple things on them. Happens sometimes on parts of my face as well?

My chest starts hurting then it's a bit red with red bumps/pimple things on them. Happens sometimes on parts of my face as well?

Hard to say?: We need to get more of a detailed history and physical exam to know this. Are the bumps itchy? Does chest and face flare at the same time? Is this a recurring event? Does anyone in your family have this rash? How long does it last when it flares? These are the kinds of things we need to know. ...Read more

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

Pimples are a kind of acne, and are a condition where oil gets trapped in a pore of the skin resulting in small area of ...Read more