A furuncle, otherwise called a boil, is caused by a bacterial infection affecting the hair follicles. It appears as red raised bumps on the inflamed skin. When it ruptures, it produces pus. It commonly affects the head, neck, and thigh regions. Warm compresses help to drain furuncle.

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I have a pimple-like lump on my head. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 23 years old male. I have had pimple-like lumps in one spot on my head for about six months. Please help. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Bn Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. In the picture (attachment removed to protect patient's identity) by looking I think it is furuncle or commonly called as boil. It is painful pus filled bump under the skin which starts as reddish, tender swelling and gets filled up wit...  Read Full »

How to manage the reddish lump present on the bottom of my butt cheek?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a reddish lump on the bottom of my buttcheek and top of my right thigh. It is causing a lot of problems. I cannot walk or sit properly without hurting it, and when pressure is applied on them, it hurts with extreme pain. It remains the size of a golf ball and grows daily on walking....  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. It looks like a furuncle, which is a type of cutaneous bacterial infection of hair follicles in which there is a formation of erythematous and painful lump formation. The lump is usually filled with pus, or there can be pus discharge. As yo...  Read Full »

How to get rid of recurrent blisters on the cheek?

Query: Hi doctor, I was told that this thing on my cheek is a cold sore (photo attached). It comes in the same spot on my cheek every time. It has been coming and going for several years. Now, it showed up last week and progressed to this level. What is your opinion on this? I know you probably cannot tell...  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. From your history and clinical images (attachment removed to protect patient identity), the diagnosis would be more in favor of a furuncle (Staph infection) or acne with secondary infection. It does not appear to be eczema or contact dermatitis. It seems infective rather...  Read Full »

Why do I have a cyst-like thing on the ear which is inflamed and sore?

Query: Hello doctor, The recent COVID test is positive. I got shingles on my chest last month. Now with the cyst-type thing on ear. Very inflamed and sore. It came on the head tonight. Not sure if it is related to the shingles or just inflammatory from COVID.  Read Full »

Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for the briefing regarding the problem in concern. I had a detailed look at the picture (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) you have sent. You have developed a furuncle over the ear with accumulated pus in it. This usually happens in infect...  Read Full »

How are two painful pimple-like structures on my penis treated?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 18 years old. I masturbated twice a day for the past three days. But I have stopped doing it now because I got two pimple-like structures on my penis. The first one is present on the right side and another one is below the shaft near the joining point of the penis and scrotum. One o...  Read Full »

Dr. Alexander Davis

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.You seem to have furuncles and it has to be removed by a physician. Please get an appointment soon and remove it. You have furuncles due to shaving of the intimate area. Please do not do it. You can shorten the hair by using a safe electric hair trimmer. Do not use a shaver...  Read Full »

How is furuncle on the penis treated?

Query: Hi, I have a problem. I am a 24 year old caucasian male. Past history: 1 and a half years ago a boil - carbuncle formed on my penis, popped after 4 days. I used Framykoin for a week and it went away. A month later molluscum contagosium formed right above penis, stayed like that for 2 weeks, then doc...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Coming to the differential diagnosis and treatment: Chances of it being furuncle is less as it is a progressive condition and would have certainly popped out by pressing. Carbuncle is the collection of furuncle, so chances of it again is very less. Since you have a...  Read Full »

What could be a hard pimple-like bump on toe?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a pimple-like bump on my toe. When I tried to pop it I noticed that it was hard. It hurts when I walk and I now have three bumps. Two of them are flat now.  Read Full »

Dr. Sidharth Sonthalia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. We appreciate your concern about your skin eruption. Before I am able to help you in this regard, I would like to have the following additional information: What was the location of the original and recent bumps? Specifically, were they on the upper side of the toe...  Read Full »

What causes pain under the armpit in a pregnant lady?

Query: Hello doctor, My wife is 2 months and 5 days pregnant. She is having pain under her right armpit for two weeks. It pains only if we touch it. Is there any issue with this? She is taking Pregnacare medicine.  Read Full »

Dr. Nadia Khan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to iclinq.com. It seems like she might have some furuncle (boil) under her armpit. It would be useful if you could share any picture of the lesion, so that accurate diagnosis and advice can be given. But as she is pregnant so I would recommend to consult your local doctor as well an...  Read Full »

I have an wound under my breast. Is that akind of skin cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, I am having an open wound on the underside of the right breast. I noticed it a few days back and is continuing to grow. I would like to know what it looks like and why I get an open wound in this location. I would also like to know if skin cancer can ever display in this way. I am usi...  Read Full »

Dr. Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have viewed the image. (attachment removed to protect patients identity). It seems like a furuncle which is a skin and soft tissue infection (SSTI) and which has now burst open. I suggest you take an oral antibiotic, Amoxicillin, or Cephalexin for a week. Also, ...  Read Full »

I have painful skin colored bump in penis. Is it syphilis?

Query: Hi doctor, I noticed a skin colored bump on the underside of my penis. It is round and a little less than one inch in diameter. It feels to be hard when pressed and pains a little when pinched. Could this be syphilis?  Read Full »

Dr. Sandeep Golla

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I saw your picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your concern is furuncle. Start using T-bact ointment twice daily on the lesion and have plenty of water. This will help you. It is not syphilis.  Read Full »

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