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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

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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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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 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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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?

Facial swelling: after trying to express the content of any skin lesion can lead to complications such as yours, a prompt evaluation and appropriate treatment is highly recommended at this time. A simple skin care regimen directed towards decreasing production of sebum/ oil, keeping the pores open and skin clean will always be helpful for future references. Take care. ...Read more

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