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My cheek got big and swollen after popping my pimple my face looks like someone punch it?

My cheek got big and swollen after popping my pimple my face looks like someone punch it?

Infection/cellulitis: See a physician immediayely and never pop a facial pimple! -you may have a facial skin infection (cellulitis) which requires immediate medical attention- call for an appointment today. ...Read more

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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Fri I noticed a pimple on my chin under my lip. Tried popping nothing came out just bled around. Woke up Sat 6am and my bottom lip is swollen bad, Help?

Fri I noticed a pimple on my chin under my lip. Tried popping nothing came out just bled around. Woke up Sat 6am and my bottom lip is swollen bad, Help?

Infection spread: By manipulating the pimple, you have released the contents into the subcutaneous tissue. If it progresses, you may need antibiotics. See your MD ...Read more

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Infected ingrown and when to see a dr I had an ingrown hair between my pelvic bone and belly button that became swollen and full of puss. It looked like a pimple. I mistakenly squeezed it and tried popping it. Instead I have a knot next to it and I bel

Infected ingrown and when to see a dr I had an ingrown hair between my pelvic bone and belly button that became swollen and full of puss. It looked like a pimple. I mistakenly squeezed it and tried popping it. Instead I have a knot next to it and I bel

It: It sounds as though your ingrown hair became infected and turned into 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. Also, spreading redness and swelling around the area means the infection is worsening and you may need antibiotics.

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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I tried to pop a pimple that was not red now the whole pumple and surrounding area is swollen and red and the skin has come off what shall I do?

I tried to pop a pimple that was not red now the whole pumple and surrounding area is swollen and red and the skin has come off what shall I do?

Popped pimple: You can try using hot packs to see if you can get it to open up and drain, but you likely have an infection and should be seen. ...Read more

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I tried to pop a pimple that was not ready now the whole pimple and surrounding area is swollen and red and the skin has come off what shall I do?

I tried to pop a pimple that was not ready now the whole pimple and surrounding area is swollen and red and the skin has come off what shall I do?

Abscess?: It sounds like you may have developed an abscess in the area of the pimple. The best treatment for this is to have it drained. Most urgent care clinics can take care of this, as well as primary care offices. ...Read more

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I have pimple like things covering my ankle, it is very painful and has become swollen around the area?

Infection likely: This sounds like it could be a viral infection (like herpes), a bacterial infection (impetigo or cellulitis), or a contact dermatitis (like poison ivy or other plant). Regardless, this deserves a look from your doctor to make sure you get the treatment you deserve. ...Read more

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Hello. My nose is swollen. Its on the tip. Its painful touching it. I'm not hit or anything like that. Its not pimple as well.?

Hello. My nose is swollen. Its on the tip. Its painful touching it. I'm not hit or anything like that. Its not pimple as well.?

Inflammation: This is an area of inflammation which may be due to a bacterial or viral infection. Infections in this area of the body are potentially very dangerous and must be diagnosed and treated promptly. In view of the swelling and tenderness, I recommend being examined in the hospital emergency room as soon as possible. ...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 a swollen but not irritated, dark grey color "pimple" dosent turn white or pop. How can I get rid of it? Plz help!

I have a swollen but not irritated, dark grey color "pimple" dosent turn white or pop. How can I get rid of it? Plz help!

Go to the Doctor: I am sure you are ready for this but STOP Popping lesions on your skin. That is dangerous and no physician will ever recommend such activity. But, it sounds like you need treatment and that means you need to go get this lesion examined and diagnosed. ...Read more

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I tried to pop a pimple about my lip and now my lip is hard and swollen what can I do to make my lip not swollen and better?

I tried to pop a pimple about my lip and now my lip is hard and swollen what can I do to make my lip not swollen and better?

Probably ice: I say probably because e I don't know the time frame. If you popped the pimple a few days ago now have a hard swollen lip I would worry about infections and start warm soaks and see a doctor. If this is recent and you traumatized the lip then ice will reduce swelling. See a doctor if any pus, throbbing, tenderness fever etc ...Read more

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I tried to aggressively pop a pimple but nothing came out and the next day the side of my jaw was swollen. How can I bring the swelling down?

I tried to aggressively pop a pimple but nothing came out and the next day the side of my jaw was swollen. How can I bring the swelling down?

Time for a visit: Your self treatment seems to have triggered a reaction that may signal an infection. You need to get in and have it evaluated before it gets worse. It may require antibiotic treatment. ...Read more

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I've had a very large deep pimple on forehead, tried to pop it but only a little came out, now the whole area around pimple is swollen, with headache?

I've had a very large deep pimple on forehead, tried to pop it but only a little came out, now the whole area around pimple is swollen, with headache?

Pinching skin: This sure sounds like you need to be seen urgently. A headache caused by a skin infection on your head makes me nervous for you.

Please remember that pinching the skin in an infection is a common but not a wise decision. Let's get you better. ...Read more

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I have a pimple just above my right eyebrow. Tried to pop it and stuff came out but now about half my forehead is a little swollen. Help?

I have a pimple just above my right eyebrow. Tried to pop it and stuff came out but now about half my forehead is a little swollen. Help?

See answer below: Your description is consistent with "Cellulitis" which occurs when bacteria, most commonly streptococcus and staphylococcus, enter through a crack or break in your skin. This is potentially a serious infection especially if affects the tissues underneath your skin or gets into your bloodstream. Usually requires antibiotics and recommend immediate evaluation by an MD or ER. ...Read more

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What I assume is a large pimple has swollen the entire side of my face I tried to pop it 4 days but nothing came out now I can see my cheek in my line of vision and keep biting my cheek from swelling?

What I assume is a large pimple has swollen the entire side of my face I tried to pop it 4 days but nothing came out now I can see my cheek in my line of vision and keep biting my cheek from swelling?

Stop playing!: You likely have a facial cellulitis from spreading the initial follicular infection by attempting to "pop" your pimple. Seek immediate attention from your pcp or urgent care source to be placed on antibiotics today! Follow up in 7-10 days is a must to avoid more serious complications. There is always a potential need for an incision ; drainage procedure, which requires a face to face encounter! ...Read more

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The left side of my vagina lips is swollen and hurts. There is a bump. It's very hard and I can't necessarily "pop" the bump. It's not a pimple.?

The left side of my vagina lips is swollen and hurts. There is a bump. It's very hard and I can't necessarily "pop" the bump. It's not a pimple.?

Vaginal bump: Bumps on the vaginal lips are common complaints and usually are nothing to worry about. These include Bartholin's cysts which occur on the lower part of the lips outside of the vagina, Skene's duct cysts which occur on either side of the urethra, sebaceous cyst, clogged sweat glands, genital herpes, human papilloma virus, genital warts. You should have it checked out by your doctor. ...Read more

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Tried to pop cheek pimple last night, didn't pop above skin. Today, area is slightly swollen and tender to touch. Is it abcessing? Antibiotics req?

Tried to pop cheek pimple last night, didn't pop above skin. Today, area is slightly swollen and tender to touch. Is it abcessing? Antibiotics req?

Seek evaluation: It sound like your pimple has evolved into a more severe infection. Please seek help from your primary physician or urgent care. You might start with hot compresses in the area while you get the medical attention, but most probably you will need drainage of the area and antibiotics. Please get this checked! ...Read more

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A pimple friday (was popped on same day) has since gotten bigger and swollen. Hard to keep eye open. Very painful red and a bit hard. What could it be?

Eyelid stye: Blocked oil glands (meibomian glands) in the eyelid can become infected and cause swelling and pain. You may need an antibiotic and should see an ophthalmologist if it doesn't get better. A warm compress on the area will help it heal. ...Read more

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Labia majora pimple 1 wk painful. Has not gone away or popped. Swollen red painful. How to treat?

Hot compress: Try a hot compress to bring it to a head and drain it. It may be necessary to take antibiotics, or in extreme cases to have a doctor remove it. ...Read more

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Woke up with a red swollen pimple like lump on base of penis, tried to pop it and now its purple and bigger. Pimple or something else?

Woke up with a red swollen pimple like lump on base of penis, tried to pop it and now its purple and bigger. Pimple or something else?

Penile Lesion: Never try to 'pop' a lesion on the genitals. You have a significant risk of pushing the infection deeper into the tissues and spreading the infection. You will need to have this seen by a health provider. It cannot be managed without being seen directly. ...Read more

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2 days ago I got a cystic pimple on my nasal bone and I tried to pop it. Now my nasal bone has been swollen for 2 days. Pus will come but not all!

2 days ago I got a cystic pimple on my nasal bone and I tried to pop it. Now my nasal bone has been swollen for 2 days. Pus will come but not all!

Pimple: Acne and cysts especially on the face should be left to the dermatologists. It sounds like a cyst that is now inflamed. Leave it be a apply warm wet compresses and go see your doctor. You might need antibiotics. ...Read more

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I have a huge swollen pimples on my chin half the size of it! They either pop and go away or the pain goes away but stay as a swollen lump for months?

I have a huge swollen pimples on my chin half the size of it! They either pop and go away or the pain goes away but stay as a swollen lump for months?

Perioral dermatitis: This cyctic nodule will require a stronger prescription creme than the over the counter acne creams. I usually use retin-a, in combination with doxycycline twice a day, which works well to clear up bacteria implicated in cyctic acne. Retin-a exfoliates the skin. Don't pick, you may worsen scarring. Both of these medications are available by prescription. ...Read more

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Tried to pop pimple like bump under eye on cheekbone. It instantly swoll my whole cheekbone up to my eye. Very swollen and nervous. What could this be?

Tried to pop pimple like bump under eye on cheekbone. It instantly swoll my whole cheekbone up to my eye. Very swollen and nervous. What could this be?

Worrisome: Popping a pimple in this area can release germs into the surrounding skin. The localized reaction can be huge, and bacteria entering the veins in the area could cause a nasty cellulitis or worse. Go in today and have this evaluated before you get into more trouble. ...Read more

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Insect bite painful, swollen, has reddish purple color, and is a white pimple- like bump that popped. It is on a toddler's second toe.

Insect bite painful, swollen, has reddish purple color, and is a white pimple- like bump that popped. It is on a toddler's second toe.

Insect bite: Is what it sounds like. A small area like a toddlers toe will swell impressive. My favorite treatment for insect/ spider bites is a raw onion... Slice it and rub on the affected bite area tl the juice is dry (a couple minutes). It neutralizes the toxin and reduces swelling.
If it is painful or getting worse, see your child's doctor. ...Read more

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I woke up yesterday and I had a small white pimple on my lower Lio. I tried to pop it with my teeth and 10 min later I had swollen lip and 5 pimples.

I woke up yesterday and I had a small white pimple on my lower Lio. I tried to pop it with my teeth and 10 min later I had swollen lip and 5 pimples.

Pimple on lip: Apparantly there is more going on than a simple pimple. This needs to be seen clinically. See your dentist or an oral surgeon for a visual and clinical examination. ...Read more

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Are there any home remedies that work to reduce or eliminate really bad pimples? It is swollen, red, and very painful :- (

Scientific Rx: Vee, you're doing yourself a disservice if you insist on a "home remedy" for a chronic, serious disease like acne that's a grave social and professional liability. Topical benzoyl peroxide and/or retinoic acid are for starters; if you're not clear in two weeks, get with your personal physician. Ignore all "pop" / "nutritional" / "lifestyle" advice and get the treatment you deserve. ...Read more

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Hi I have a painful pimple on my earlobe for about 5 days now my ears swollen it so painful any advice??

Hi I have a painful pimple on my earlobe for about 5 days now my ears swollen it so painful any advice??

Use an: Anti pimple lotion at night and in the morning. It sounds painful, but should only be there for a short while. It will get better soon. Hang in there. ...Read more