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Leg was in contact with moss on a rock for 2 hours. Noticed small, red, itchy, puss filled pimple where leg was in contact with moss. Should I worry?

Leg was in contact with moss on a rock for 2 hours. Noticed small, red, itchy, puss filled pimple where leg was in contact with moss. Should I worry?

No, not if lesion: Remains small and itchy, it sound like some type of bug bite or contact allergy. Cold compresses, oral Benadryl (diphenhydramine) , and topical hydrocortisone will help with the itch. See your doc if redness is large or lesion is painful, then consider infection. ...Read more

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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 small red spot (can feel like a pimple) on bottom half of my leg. I've squeezed, scrapped, and nothing happens (no blood). What could it be?

I have a small red spot (can feel like a pimple) on bottom half of my leg. I've squeezed, scrapped, and nothing happens (no blood). What could it be?

Cherry: A cherry angioma or a stork bite/capillary can sometimes appear as a bloody stop that doesn't go away. Perhaps seeing a physician in real life to confirm this spot will give you more answers. Good luck ...Read more

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I noticed a red spot on my leg. It's swollen. About 1.25 inch one way and .5 inch the other. There is a small lump but I just considered it a pimple.

I noticed a red spot on my leg. It's swollen. About 1.25 inch one way and .5 inch the other. There is a small lump but I just considered it a pimple.

Skin infections: Pus filled bumps on the skin are usually the symptom of a skin infection. When they become red, warm to touch and painful it is called cellulitis. Treatment of this includes oral antibiotics and occassionally drainage. See your doctor, because resistant infections are becoming more common and require special treatment. ...Read more

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I have small red pimple like bumps all over my right leg. no where else on my body. Have not changed soaps or detergents recently. they do not itch?

I have small red pimple like bumps all over my right leg.  no where else on my body.  Have not changed soaps or detergents recently. they do not itch?

Rash: Maybe a contact rash or folliculitis from shaving. Take a picture and show your doctor for help with diagnosis and treatment. You are always welcome to submit a picture on this site. Stop shaving and using any products that might aggravate your rash. All the best. ...Read more

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I have small pimple like thing on my penis and scroutum. What are they. Also my pubic bar is itchy and my legs have red patches on my groin?

I have small pimple like thing on my penis and scroutum. What are they.  Also my pubic bar is itchy and my legs have red patches on my groin?

See your doctor.: You should see your doctor. Without actually seeing the lesions and rash, it would be difficult to make a proper diagnosis. I also see that you have pain and burning in your penis and testicular pain. These should also be evaluated by your doctor, if they have not already been. ...Read more

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My 3 and a half week old son has small red pimples all over his face, arms, scalp, the back of his neck & a little on his legs. Is this baby acne?

My 3 and a half week old son has small red pimples all over his face, arms, scalp, the back of his neck & a little on his legs. Is this baby acne?

Probably: A baby floating in the slick moist environment of the womb will have pristine skin at birth.Between 2 wks and 2 months, more than half of infants will have transient baby acne triggered by the hormones that came across during pregnancy.Keeping it clean allows it to run its course. If any sites are more inflamed or persistent, your doc should evaluate. It should fade completely by 3 mo. ...Read more

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I have small (tip of pencil size) red pimples on my groin, thighs, face, and legs. My testicles are also red and itchy. Can this be herpes or what?

I have small (tip of pencil size) red pimples on my groin, thighs, face, and legs. My testicles are also red and itchy. Can this be herpes or what?

Not likely : Usually herpes lesions are not itchy and do not fit your description this could be urteceria or scabies i advice seeking a consult with a skin doctor. ...Read more

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I Have small red bumps sporadically around my legs, hips, and arms but only around a total of 10-15 over all areas and three just appeared on the roof of my mouth. They're almost like what a pimple that just started to form looks like. Completely red, no

I Have small red bumps sporadically around my legs, hips, and arms but only around a total of 10-15 over all areas and three just appeared on the roof of my mouth. They're almost like what a pimple that just started to form looks like. Completely red, no

Papules: It really sounds as if you have two from us. I cannot envision what are the bumps on the roof of the mouth would relate to the bumps on your skin. But there are such conditions, they just need to be evaluated personally. The most important asset of a dermatologist is his/her eyes, so you need to have this rash evaluated. ...Read more

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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