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Sudden appearance of pustule on my elbow overnight; what could it be? Should I break it?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery
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Pustules contain pus which is a substance consisting of sebum, bacteria and dead skin cells.
Although unattractive, it will usually clear up after 2 to 3 days of proper treatment. Popping or squeezing a pustule is not advisable. It can worsen the condition and increase the length of time to recovery. Check with your doctor.

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Pustules contain pus which is a substance consisting of sebum, bacteria and dead skin cells.
Although unattractive, it will usually clear up after 2 to 3 days of proper treatment. Popping or squeezing a pustule is not advisable. It can worsen the condition and increase the length of time to recovery. Check with your doctor.
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