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Boil vs. Pimple Topic Guide

Boil vs. Pimple Boil vs. Pimple:

Boils and pimples are both skin infections. Staph infections may cause boils, while pimples are caused by blocked oil glands. Signs and symptoms of boils include fever, pus drainage, and skin redness. Signs and symptoms of pimples include black spots on the skin, white pustules, and larger hard, red nodules under the skin. Treatment of boils involves applying warm compresses or surgical drainage by a doctor. Pimple treatment incorporates over-the-counter application of products that contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.

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