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Can I use BP after popping the pus out of a pimple? Cause it says don't use on broken skin and its bleeding. What else can I use if not?

Can I use BP after popping the pus out of a pimple? Cause it says don't use on broken skin and its bleeding. What else can I use if not?

You can: You can use it but it may sensitize you to it. Which means you could develop an allergy to it. Never the less it will sting more with the skin being open. ...Read more

Pus (Definition)

Pus consists of white blood cells that have "eaten" bacteria and then died. You find pus resulting after an infection has established itself and the pus is a product of the body's immune ...Read more


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I have a pimple- like thing with no pus located on on my left wrist. It causes no irritation and feels a slight pain when i pinch it. What is it?

 I have a pimple- like thing with no pus located on on my left wrist. It causes no irritation and feels a slight pain when i pinch it. What is it?

Many possibilities.: You don't say how long it's been there, but this time of year it could be as simple as a bug bite. If it hasn't been there long, give it a few days to go away. If it has been present longer than a week, let your doctor or a dermatologist have a look at it. ...Read more

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I had a pimple on my chin.and it causes swelling on my chin and pain..i pinch it.and pus comes out..but swelling didn't go.please tell me what should?

I had a pimple on my chin.and it causes swelling on my chin and pain..i pinch it.and pus comes out..but swelling didn't go.please tell me what should?

Try tea tree oil: Tea tree oil is a marvelous over-the-counter product that helps pimples go down in size, if applied early before they become too irritated. Once you see a pimple start, use a cotton tipped swab to apply the tea tree oil to the pimple. Do this twice a day, until the pimple is gone. Do not use it inside your mouth.
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I have a pimple on my upper thigh near the groin, its not painful if untouched.Today it has some white pus, what could it be and what causes it.

I have a pimple on my upper thigh near the groin, its not painful if untouched.Today it has some white pus, what could it be and what causes it.

Abscess: Sounds like a simple boil or abscess- or skin infection. The most common cause is staph aureus- the treatment is warm compresses and drainage- rarely are antibiotics necessary unless the infection spreads. ...Read more

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I have round pus filled boil looking pimples on legs. What could be the cause? What should I do to treat it?

I have round pus filled boil looking pimples on legs. What could be the cause? What should I do to treat it?

Seek medical care: As it may significantly worsen. I could be an abscess, and may contain a type of bacteria that is highly resistant to most antibiotics -- "mrsa." you will need to go see your doctor to evaluate and treat this before it gets worse, or before it gets bigger. You may need to be given antibiotics, depending on if it is actually an infection. ...Read more

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There's a small pimple under right armpit yesterday. it is painful when i press it gently. now, i noticed another one under my collar bone. I dont see any pus on the head. What cause this?

There's a small pimple under right armpit yesterday. it is painful when i press it gently. now, i noticed another one under my collar bone. I dont see any pus on the head. What cause this?

Folliculitis/trauma: could be that , or simple staph infection , why? due to trauma , rubbing, poor hygiene? [not washing well with soap/water/washcloth to scrub off dead skin cells and oils which clog the pores , flair up pimples. if enlarge and pustule , likely mrsa , will need antibiotic like bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) or doxycycline. folliculitis , hair shaft infection. can come spontaneously. if worse see a doctor for cultures ...Read more

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What causes pimples to do this? I have one that is very bloody and pus filled. It popped twice. It's on the bridge of my nose it's big and swollen.

What causes pimples to do this? I have one that is very bloody and pus filled. It popped twice. It's on the bridge of my nose it's big and swollen.

I can't tell from: Your description how big it actually is, but you can get it injected with steroids by a dermatologist. If it is a serous infection on your nose, you need to be on antibiotics to prevent spread to brain. ...Read more

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Can back acne (2-3 pimples that had some pus but healed in 2 days) be a symptom of ars (hiv) ? Can hives be caused by ars (hiv)?

Can back acne (2-3 pimples that had some pus but healed in 2 days) be a symptom of ars (hiv) ? Can hives be caused by ars (hiv)?

Very doubtful: Neither of these rashes are typical of hiv. You seem extremely concerned about hiv. Maybe you should see you physician and get checked out. ...Read more

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Always getting pus liquid pimples they hurt and they are on my face and scalp they cause my hair to fall out what can I do they are sore and real fill?

Always getting pus liquid pimples they hurt and they are on my face and scalp they cause my hair to fall out what can I do they are sore and real fill?

Doctor can evaluate: A primary care doctor can examine the skin and hear the whole story, to see if such pimples are treatable by the usual acne medications, versus some other type of skin infection or skin disorder. The infection or the inflammation at the site of the pimples is probably causing the hair to fall out, so a dermatologist (skin specialist) may be helpful... as we hope there can be hair regrowth. ...Read more

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What causes vaginal boils?I knowits not an std because have been having them since I started my period.They look like pimples but are sore pus filled

What causes vaginal boils?I knowits not an std because have been having them since I started my period.They look like pimples but are sore pus filled

Some people are: more susceptible to them and they are caused by either bacteria from the top of the skin getting under the skin and then causing the boils or spreading internally. They can start by irritation to the area, such as shaving. They are treated with warm compresses, but sometimes need an oral antibiotic or surgical drainage. Please see and discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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I had a big pus filled pimple on corner of my testis its not paining when it squeezes it s lightly paining ?

I had a big pus filled pimple on corner of my testis its not paining when it squeezes it s lightly paining ?

Probably a cyst...: Your described "pimple" hints the presence of overactive hyperplasia of sebaceous gland or sebaceous cyst. If so, leave it alone and don't squeeze it. Such cyst may grow in size over time and even occasionally get infected but not common. Besides, the number of such cyst may increase over time, but unpredictable. So, live on and enjoy life. ...Read more

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Pimple on thigh and the pus is a clear fluid, what should I do?

Pimple on thigh and the pus is a clear fluid, what should I do?

Depends: If this thing is large, enlarging rapidly or causing serious signs or symptoms ( nausea, vomiting, pain up the leg, pain way out of proportion to the lesion, high fever, etc.) you should see someone. Otherwise a warm compress a few times a day, a bandage and good hygiene should resolve this. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have pimple like around the bikini line and i squirt and blood or brown pus comes out ?

Not normal: Sounds like you have either ingrown hair with reaction, or boils. Have this seen by a doctor and perhaps cultured and treated if necessary. Hope it clears up soon. ...Read more

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Hi i was wondering what does it mean when you get random pimples with pus in them around your body and they hurt?

Hi i was wondering what does it mean when you get random pimples with pus in them around your body and they hurt?

Pimples: It is probably a form of folliculitis. See your doctor or dermatologist for evaluation an treatment. The pustules can be cultured to see if there is a specific type of bacteria present. Both topical and systemic therapies can be instituted. ...Read more

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I was having a pimple on face with white head when i burst it its whit portion got into my skin would it become in pus ?

I was having a pimple on face with white head when i burst it its whit portion got into my skin would it become in pus ?

Yes, that's pus: You're almost grown up and your acne is now your responsibility to manage. If topical benzoyl peroxide has not cleared you in two weeks, phone your personal physician and make an appointment. The pus itself does not spread the acne. ...Read more

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Why when I squeeze hard pus Pimple type spots does once all the pus and blood is out does it leave a deep hole in my skin?

Why when I squeeze hard pus Pimple type spots does once all the pus and blood is out does it leave a deep hole in my skin?

STOP: Unless you want to go to medical school and specialize in dermatology you are playing with fire: squeezing and abscess will not only leave you open to deeper infection, but will guarantee scarring and recurrence. STOP SQUEEZING!! ...Read more

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I have pimple like dot on my neck. It doesn't hurt when i press it but the pus has a very foul smell. It is greenish in colour.

Cyst: Sounds like a cyst / abscess. The drainage is a good sign meaning it is open, but it may require further treatment such as an oral or topical antibiotic. ...Read more

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Two days ago I started feeling like itch on my inner tigh so I scratch and the next day I seen a group of white pimples with pus ..what is it?

Two days ago I started feeling like itch on my inner tigh so I scratch and the next day I seen a group of white pimples with pus ..what is it?

Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. If you are sexually active, it may be herpes. It would be prudent to see your doctor and if you are sexually active, get tested for herpes and other STDs.
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I have this pimple on my gum with pus, but I'm going on holiday for 2 weeks. Will it be okay to leave it until I get home, or is it too risky?

Get checked: Typically an unhealthy tooth will abscess and the infection drains thru the bone and the gum, resulting in a draining fistula (pimple on the gum). Infections have the ability to drain and evolve. Infections that evolve became cancerous. Get checked. ...Read more

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I have got many marks on my ckeeks because of pimples and pus. Whenever one pus goes another comes. Most of the time its pus only. What should I do?

I have got many marks on my ckeeks because of pimples and pus. Whenever one pus goes another comes. Most of the time its pus only. What should I do?

Benzoyl peroxide gel: The easiest treatment is to start with over the counter benzoyl peroxide gel. Spot this on to the individual pimples each night. However, it sounds like your acne is very active. You should see your dermatologist as you need stronger medicines. I also like to add the acleara acne laser to treat acne like yours. ...Read more

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I have a cystic pimple that is painful. My skin has peeled and is very red and inflamed around it. There is still clear pus in it. How do I treat it?

I have a cystic pimple that is painful. My skin has peeled and is very red and inflamed around it. There is still clear pus in it. How do I treat it?

Acne: Don't wash your face with body soap. Also don't use alcohol or comedogenic products on your face. Try to find an acne wash system like neutrogena, pangeaorganics or something with benzoyl peroxide. Following low sodium diet might help too, since acne-causing bacteria like salt. You can try to prevent spreading bacteria onto your face by not touching your face, washing your phone, etc. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

A very common skin condition that 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 ...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