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Can you please tell me some good ways to get rid of zits and pimples fast?

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

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

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


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What can white bump above the anus be? Theyre not zits or pimples. Theyre very painful and the surrounding around is really irritated.

What can white bump above the anus be? Theyre not zits or pimples. Theyre very painful and the surrounding around is really irritated.

Hemorrhoids? Fissure: Depending on where the white 'bump' is it could be a sebaceous cyst; it could be skin stretched from a hemorrhoid; an acute hemorrhoid; it could be infection or abscess from an infected anal fissure. If it is painful you should probably get to the doctor urgently. ...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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Please tell me if there is such a thing as "nervous zits (pimples)"?

Please tell me if there is such a thing as "nervous zits (pimples)"?

If stress related: Pimples or zits may occur if someone who is prone to it is going through any kind of stress. If you are nervous as a result of being stressed out, then you might get pimples. ...Read more

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Help! need to know if there's such a thing as "nervous zits (pimples)"?

Help! need to know if there's such a thing as "nervous zits (pimples)"?

If caused by stress: If you are nervous as a result of any kind of stress, you might get zits or pimples if you are prone to it. ...Read more

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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?

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

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What's the difference between a boil or and zit/pimple?

What's the difference between a boil or and zit/pimple?

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

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