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When is a pimple called a carbuncle?

When is a pimple called a carbuncle?

Carbuncle: A carbuncle is a skin infection that often involves a group of hair follicles. The infected material forms a lump, which occurs deep in the skin and may contain pus. When you have more than one carbuncle, the condition is called carbunculosis. A pimple would involve only one hair follicle. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Carbuncle (Definition)

Carbuncle is a nodular skin infection which in layman's terms is often referred to as a "boil". Since it is a more nodular, deep type of skin infection, incision and drainage and/or oral antibiotics are often ...Read more


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I am facing a pimple issue, which does not have a head and it does not hurt. Can you please tell me what exactly is that called and how it can be remo?

I am facing a pimple issue, which does not have a head and it does not hurt. Can you please tell me what exactly is that called and how it can be remo?

It depends: Many benign tumors can be labelled a pimple. Some of these are blocked glands(sweat glands/sebacious glands etc). What to do about it? depends on if it is painful/tender or painless and if it is changing in color or size.Redness implies inflammation, this would subside in 1-2 weeks, nothing else needs to be done. Anything that is persistent, bothers you or growing can be removed by your doctor. ...Read more

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I had this pimple and when I popped it a hard black rice sized object came out of it what is this called should I see a doctor?

I had this pimple and when I popped it a hard black rice sized object came out of it what is this called should I see a doctor?

Sebaceous plug: This is the plug that caused the pimple. When the plug, made of sebum, is exposed to air, it oxidizes and darkens in color. ...Read more

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I have a pimple on my neck that has fluid in it and has been growing. I don't know what it's called or which doctor I should see to remove it. ?

I have a pimple on my neck that has fluid in it and has been growing. I don't know what it's called or which doctor I should see to remove it. ?

Consultants: A general practitioner should be able to initiate the general evaluation and refer you to the appropriate consultant if necessary. A dermatologist would be the most likely specialist considered. ...Read more

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I have pimples on my head (scalp) and it is painful. Some of it had pus. What should I do and what is it called? Is there any solution to this?

I have pimples on my head (scalp) and it is painful. Some of it had pus. What should I do and what is it called? Is there any solution to this?

See a dermatologist: It is difficult to make a proper diagnosis since I am not there to see the condition. I recommend seeing a dermatologist so that they can make a proper diagnosis and give you something to get rid of the condition or relieve symptoms. ...Read more

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I always get small pimples under my eyelids, why is that? Its super annoying and some people call it a stye or something. Is it an infecection?

I always get small pimples under my eyelids, why is that? Its super annoying and some people call it a stye or something. Is it an infecection?

Yes, local infection: A stye is a likely diagnosis and is a local infection caused by a plug sweat gland. You should see an ophthalmologist for further care if it returns. ...Read more

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How can I get these pimples off my penus? I've had it for like 4 months now i went to see my doctor and he gave me something called neosprin and if it doesn't go away come back in 1 week they didn't go away but i never went back.. I need help

How can I get these pimples off my penus? I've had it for like 4 months now i went to see my doctor and he gave me something called neosprin and if it doesn't go away come back in 1 week they didn't go away but i never went back.. I need help

This : This is very difficult to answer without a clinical examination so i would follow up with a dermatologist. Perhaps this is folliculitis, lichen planus, psoriasis, warts, another std, or eczema, or other possibilities? Read more about these conditions and see a picture at the link below. I hope that helps! ...Read more

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Furuncle (Definition)

A furuncle is the medical term for a boil. It is usually caused by staph aureas infection. It typically starts at a hair follicle. Treatment is by drainage which can occur spontaneously or ...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