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How does a boil's appearance differ from a pimple's?

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Dr. Thomas Fiala
Surgery - Plastics
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In brief: Boils

Are infections - and typically are more swollen and more painful, more hot and red, and significantly larger than a typical pimple.
And the pus inside looks different than the drainage from a whitehead.

In brief: Boils

Are infections - and typically are more swollen and more painful, more hot and red, and significantly larger than a typical pimple.
And the pus inside looks different than the drainage from a whitehead.
Dr. Thomas Fiala
Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang
Dermatology
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In brief: Location

Pimples usually present on face, in severe and extensive form, on chest, back and upper arms.
They are small, usually, at or around hair follicles. "boils" could present anywhere but less commonly on face. They are big, tender and sometimes painful, oozy and pussy usually. When pimples turn big ("cystic acne"), the different features between pimples and boils become fuzzy.

In brief: Location

Pimples usually present on face, in severe and extensive form, on chest, back and upper arms.
They are small, usually, at or around hair follicles. "boils" could present anywhere but less commonly on face. They are big, tender and sometimes painful, oozy and pussy usually. When pimples turn big ("cystic acne"), the different features between pimples and boils become fuzzy.
Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang
Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang
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