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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AcneAcne is a red skin rash caused by several factors, including hormones and bacteria. Treatment involves washing skin with a mild cleanser once or twice daily, applying over-the-counter acne medication or prescription medication, and avoiding picking at the acne to avoid worsening the pimples.
BoilsA boil is a skin infection that is caused by bacteria, usually Staphylococcus. Symptoms of boils include fever, swollen lymph nodes, and red, painful, and swollen skin. A boil may be treated with warm compresses and soaking the boil in warm water. The boil should be washed with antibacterial soap once it starts draining.
Cystic AcneCystic acne is a severe form of acne that causes tender red raised bumps on the face, chest, and/or back. Hormonal changes and hereditary factors may cause cystic acne. Treatment requires a systemic medication. Other medications include oral antibiotics, topical retinoid drugs, oral contraceptives, isotretinoin, and steroid injections (for isolated cysts).
AbscessAn abscess is has several causes and can appear on many parts of the body, such as the dental, vaginal, and rectal areas. In general, home remedies or cures are not recommended as a treatment method for abscesses (or boils) because they can cause further injury.
StaphylococcusStaphylococcus is a type of bacteria that causes infection (often called a "staph infection"). Staphylococcus can cause infections in almost any organ system in the body. Symptoms of visible staph infections are a redness, swelling, tenderness, pus or crusty covering at the site of infection. Bacterial culture is used to test for staph infection. Treatment may involve surgery and/or antibiotics.
Boil vs. Pimple Topic Guide - Medications and Vitamins
Benzoyl peroxide has an antibacterial effect. It also has a mild drying effect, which allows excess oils and dirt to be easily washed away from the skin...learn more »