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Zits And Pimples
Scientific Rx: If two weeks on over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide doesn't clear you, get with your physician. You may be a rx for a topical retinoic acid derivative, the oral contraceptive pill (if you're female), topical clindamycin, a systemic antibiotic such as tetracycline, or a dermatology referral for possible isotretinoin. All acne is manageable today; it's not a hygiene or lifestyle problem. We can help. ...Read more
Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne 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 face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...Read more
What can white bump above the anus be? Theyre not zits or pimples. Theyre very painful and the surrounding around is really irritated.
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
I have a zit/ pimple by my privet area it's not bad but i don't know what it is it's been there for a wile does it go away by it self?
It depends: If it's in the hairy areas, it could be just a "zit" and should go away. There are other types of skin cysts and moles that can occur there that won't go away. If it's tender or sore, it might be an infected cyst. Also, some sexually transmitted diseases (genital warts, for example) can show up as little bumps. See your doctor to be sure, so you can stop worrying about it. ...Read more
What do you advise if I need help :( . recently I noticed a big single zit/pimple under my skin on my right eyebrow area. help me! what is it guys?
It would be very: difficult to accurately diagnose what a lesion is without at least visualizing it. ...Read more
Size mostly: A zit/pimple is a hair follicle filled with oil and dead skin cells and bacteria. But it is just one hair follicle. An abscess (a boil) is usually much larger, it starts as one hair follicle but then the bacterial infection spreads to a much larger area (the size of a nickel to the size of an egg). Boils need medical attention. They need to be lanced and you might need antibiotics. ...Read more