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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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I have what I thought may be a zit on my neck near my collar bone, I tried to pop and pull it, but it is very much attached and not a zit. Please help?

I have what I thought may be a zit on my neck near my collar bone, I tried to pop and pull it, but it is very much attached and not a zit. Please help?

Cyst?: It may be a embryologic cyst called a branchial cleft cyst. It is actually attached to your lymphatic system so don't mess with it. Go to your dermatologist who can cut it out and send it for biopsy. ...Read more

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What is on my neck for the last few days I have had a zit like spot on my neck it has slowly gotten bigger each day now it is difficult to move my neck and I feel I have a fever is this a spider bit or just a zit

What is on my neck for the last few days I have had a zit like spot on my neck it has slowly gotten bigger each day now it is difficult to move my neck and I feel I have a fever is this a spider bit or just a zit

I: I can't diagnose your condition. However, what you are describing might be an infection. An enlarging lesion on your neck, difficulty moving your neck and a fever. If it is red, swollen, hot to the touch, tender, has drainage, has surrounding swelling or red streaking these would be problematic symptoms. I recommend that you get this evaluated. Because it is now making it hard to move your neck, I would seek care promptly. ...Read more

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Major concern. I feel a zit shaped bump/lump behind my neck/right below hair/at spinal nerves area! Feels hard like could be a bone/lump. It's hard?

Major concern. I feel a zit shaped bump/lump behind my neck/right below hair/at spinal nerves area! Feels hard like could be a bone/lump. It's hard?

See doctor: The description of bumps in neck area suggests that these may be swollen /enlarged glands called lymph glands. These glands become firm or hard and palpable, mostly due to infection or some other reason. You may get some sore throat and fever. Consult your doctor, get examined and treatment. ...Read more

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I've got a huge bump on the back of my neck. Its like a zit, but hard. And it only just pussed a dot. What is it?

I've got a huge bump on the back of my neck. Its like a zit, but hard. And it only just pussed a dot. What is it?

You need a medical c: A medical check up is necessary to find out what is the nature of this lump on your neck. So go see a doctor right away. It may be a boil/infection in the skin but you need to be sure it is not something more serious and should seek treatment without delay. ...Read more

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Pea sized lump side of neck, noticed 3 months ago. No bigger or smaller. Dr said cud b caused by a zit I had on neck but that went ages ago. Lymphoma?

Pea sized lump side of neck, noticed 3 months ago. No bigger or smaller. Dr said cud b caused by a zit I had on neck but that went ages ago. Lymphoma?

Lymph node: There are thousands of lymph node located around the body that help screen out germs in the body serum. There are many in the neck, head ; behind the ear. At rest these are often 1/4 inch in diameter and may grow to marble sized when reacting to a stimulus. Bug bites, or viral infections can increase their size. They should shrink down to nl size over a few wks if pain not gone then have it chkd. ...Read more

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My lymph node on my right side of my neck is really swollen could it be because of my zit on my ear that popped?

My lymph node on my right side of my neck is really swollen could it be because of my zit on my ear that popped?

Quite possibly: Yes, it is possible. The infection on the ear drains into lymph nodes of the neck for "clean up" so to speak. We sometimes see "reactive adenopathy" in response to a small skin infection. If the node is red overlying, you develop fever, or it's very tender to touch, you need to be seen by your primary doc. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Lump in the back of my neck/under skin/top of spine- feels like a bone/joint/a knot, it's a pimple or zit size type bump. Doesn't hurt even when touch?

Lump in the back of my neck/under skin/top of spine- feels like a bone/joint/a knot, it's a pimple or zit size type bump. Doesn't hurt even when touch?

Sounds like it could: Be a sebaceous cyst, but could be a small lipoma or raised nevus. Best to have your doctor look at it, or consider a consult with one of us on HealthTap Prime. ...Read more

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I have these white zit looking pimple things on my throat there very tiny and my throat is dry should I worry? What could it be?

I have these white zit looking pimple things on my throat there very tiny and my throat is dry should I worry? What could it be?

May be infection: White things on the throat sound like there could be a throat infection, especially if one has a sore throat and some swollen lymph node glands in the neck. A primary care doctor can evaluate to see what the problem is, and prescribe antibiotics if there is a strep throat infection. ...Read more

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Had blood drawn on tuesday and had a vasovagal seizure after it. 2 days later have red zits on face and sore throat. Why?

Had blood drawn on tuesday and had a vasovagal seizure after it. 2 days later have red zits on face and sore throat. Why?

Vasovagal: It's really very common for folks to have a vasovagal spell with blood drawing. This is a reflex and not indicative of disease. The zits and sore throat are separate issues. Viral syndrome? (have you had measles?). ...Read more

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Pimple like bumps on my neck, what are they?

Pimple like bumps on my neck, what are they?

Not sure: There are a # of possible causes. The best way to get an accurate diagnosis would be dermatological evaluation. ...Read more

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How can you treat severe back and neck acne?

How can you treat severe back and neck acne?

Depends Upon Extent: If large surface areas of your neck and back are involved with large inflammatory lesions, then systemic antibiotics would be practical.

If you have already been treated with antibiotics and topical retinoids, then other medications including Accutane may be used especially if there are painful nodules and cysts. ...Read more

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I have acne on the back of my neck, what do I do?

I have acne on the back of my neck, what do I do?

Consult with your Dr: It is best to get a great diagnosis from your dermatologist first. There are many prescription and over the counter products to choose from. You may want to get a nice hypoallergenic cleanser like the skin clear wash from cosmo grade. Always consult with your dr. Or pharmacist prior to initiating new medications. ...Read more

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Is there something I can use to treat acne on neck?

Is there something I can use to treat acne on neck?

A few options: For over the counter methods try using products that have benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, alcohol, and acetone. For prescription treatments you may be prescribed antibiotics, retinoids or vitamin a derivatives, azelaic acid, oral contraceptives, or spironolactone. Always ask a dermatologist about the possible affects and the risks vs benefits of each treatment. Make sure it's best for you. ...Read more

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I have pimple like lumps on my neck what could they be?

I have pimple like lumps on my neck what could they be?

Many etiologies: There are many things that can cause bumps on the neck. You should see a dermatologist for further evaluation. ...Read more

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What condition would make severe acne on neck and back. Not on face tho?

What condition would make severe acne on neck and back. Not on face tho?

Adult Acne long hair: Having long hair constantly touches your back and neck, as hair contain oil it can clog your pores.
And using hair sprays, shampoos and other hair products can also effect the skin of neck and back.
You need to stay away from gel, mousse and certain conditioners, or avoid these touching your neck and back
there may be other factors too, you should consult a dermatologist. ...Read more

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I have a dime size painful lump on the side of my neck that resembles a pimple?

I have a dime size painful lump on the side of my neck that resembles a pimple?

Could BE a pimple: Could actually BE a pimple. Could also be a sebaceous or epidermal cyst that is inflamed. I would suggest cleansing with an acne cleanser containing either benzoyl peroxide or salicyclic acid and applying a salicyclic acid cream or gel twice daily for several days to see if it responds. If not, have your do take a look at it. ...Read more

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I'm 23. My whole life I've had a pimple on my neck (never goes away)that gets filled with clear liquid, it comes out if when it breaks. What can it be?

I'm 23. My whole life I've had a pimple on my neck (never goes away)that gets filled with clear liquid, it comes out if when it breaks. What can it be?

It may be a cyst: Sebaceous cysts often have the appearance you describe. You should see your primary care doctor who can evaluate it and refer you to a specialist who can remove it. ...Read more

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Could fibromyalgia cause pain in the body flesh. I can't touch my back flesh from neck till the end. Pain is like pressing on pimple. I can't sleep on ba?

Could fibromyalgia cause pain in the body flesh. I can't touch my back flesh from neck till the end. Pain is like pressing on pimple. I can't sleep on ba?

Could be: Fibromyalgia is not well understood. There is a test for 18 tender points that can present a diagnostician with a more definitive diagnosis of fibromyalgia. I would start with your doctor and see if other tests may have to be run. ...Read more

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I have loads of little spots coming out of my back some are even pimple mostly the top just below my neck what does this mean and how can I prevent it?

Acne: Your doctor may be able to help you with prescribing a antibiotic/acne medicated body wash as well as retin-a. This will help address the 3 ways that lead to acne - oil production, clogged pores, and bacteria. You may also try to wear lose fitting clothing particularly during activities with high perspiration. ...Read more

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What are these pimples on the nape of my neck?

What are these pimples on the nape of my neck?

Folliculitis: It sounds most likely to be folliculitis. This is a fancy word that basically means an inflammation or a pimple of the hair follicle. Most of the time it may be treated with an antibiotic the you apply to the area twice a day like cleocin-t solution. ...Read more

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Hard pimple under my skin on neck?

Hard pimple under my skin on neck?

Abscess: Hello. What you may be noticing is an abscess or possibly a sebaceous cyst. See your doctor for a thorough evaluation. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have two white pimple like lumps on the side of my neck.?

Milia: Milia are a common skin condition that is noncancerous and affects people of all ages. Milia appear as small white bumps and are the result of skin that does not slough off normally being trapped in a hair follicle or sweat gland. Some milia may occur after an injury or blistering of the skin and have appeared on people suffering from sun-damaged skin. ...Read more