Pimples can occur in different parts of the body. Many of us are familiar with acne, the type of pimples that mainly occur on the face. With pimples, it is hard to know the exact cause and what potential health condition they may be indicating.
Some cases are generally natural and inevitable. Some can be self-inflicted while others are symptoms of diseases and infections. Depending on where a pimple occurs, different removal options are available.
A pimple on the pubic area will rarely fail to cause concern, especially when it is persistent or sparks a recurrent outbreak. In this article, we will discuss pimples occurring on different body parts, their possible causes and available treatment options to get rid of pimples.
Full information on a pimple on the pubic area
In a majority of the cases, a pimple in the pubic area will be caused by folliculitis. This is a condition where shaved pubic hairs re-grow abnormally and cause skin bumps. Poor shaving skills may end up cutting the hairs too deep so that the hair strands will curl inwards. This causes irritations and possible sores.
Some brands of soap, condoms, lubricants, medications and sanitary pads may cause pimples on genital areas. Irritation can also be contributed to by heavy perspiration, urine, sperm, skin tags removing remedies and vaginal discharges. It is advisable to maintain genital hygiene to avoid clogging of sweat pores and possible pimple development.
You will need to be sure that a pimple in the pubic area is not a symptom of an STD or other genital infection. For example, genital herpes produces sores when the virus responsible for the same is active. Genital warts will also cause fleshy skin lesions.
To know the difference, you will need to get a closer look at the appearance of the pimples. You may consider taking pictures and comparing them with online images for each.
Generally, pimples are reddened bumps that may or may not be painful. If you are to take a closer look, you will see a hair strand trapped inside the bump. In fact, you can use a sharp needle to set the hair strand free.
Genital herpes will cause blisters which are different from pimples. The blisters will mostly occur in clusters that form a lobe. Before the blisters, genital herpes will produce fluid filled sores that are irregularly shaped. They usually last up to 2 weeks before disappearing on their own.
Genital warts on the other hand will form fleshy skin growths. These growths should not be itchy reddened. Warts may form in clusters or occur singly. They can be cured at home with essential oils for warts.
There are images and pictures available online that can help you identify the exact type and cause of pimples you may be experiencing. In fact, you may want to watch a full video illustration on the different types of skin disorders that can occur on the pubic area.
All in all, your doctor will be best suited to provide the final word.
How to treat a pimple in ears and on the face
Soft hair strands meant to trap dust particles grow on the skin of the ear. Beneath the ear canal skin, there are glands responsible for the production of oil and wax. If any of these are produced in excess, the chances of developing a pimple in the ear are elevated.
You can treat a pimple in ear at home without specialized medical attention. However, never squeeze or pick at the pimple. Such an attempt will only worsen the condition by pushing bacteria deeper into the ear canal.
Irritating the pimple constantly may promote it to develop into a boil and call for boil removal treatments. However, the pimple may still develop into a boil on its own.
Treating a pimple in the ear is relatively simple. All you need is to warm compress the pimple. This is meant to bring the pus closer to the surface of the pimple where it will drain out naturally. Make sure to carefully wash any pus that may have drained out. Remember that it can contribute to the bacteria spreading onto the face.
Should the pimple persist, a doctor should be consulted. There are prescription treatments available which can be effective in such cases. They include:
- Antibiotics – These are meant to kill the bacteria responsible for the pimple. Some may contain compounds such as minocycline.
- Benzoyl peroxide – products containing this compound are available over the counter. Solutions containing five percent of the compound can be used to treat pimples. However, it should not be used on open wounds, mouth or nose.
- Topical medications – Tretinoin is a good example. They usually are derivatives of vitamin A. You can actually access them OTC. However, a prescribed topical medication is more recommended.
Before treating pimples in the ear at home, you will need to be certain that they are not symptoms for other health conditions. Here, you can check out images and online pictures with detailed illustrations.
Other potential causes of such pimples include:
- Sebaceous cysts
- Seborrheic keratosis
- Granuloma fissuratum
A very small percent of infections of the ear are caused by pimples/acne. If you notice that medications you are taking are not proving of any benefit, it is best that you see a doctor.
Causes and treatment for a pimple on the eye
A pimple on the eye can be a stye or a chalazion. Let’s look at more detailed information on each of these.
- Internal stye – It is a swelling that forms in the inner surface of the eyelid. It is painful and assumes a reddened coloration. It will heal on its own with time, where it may leave behind a small cyst. When this happens, you may be required to drain the cyst.
- External stye – It is almost similar to an internal stye in the sense that a reddened and painful swelling will occur. The difference is that this will form on the outside surface, mainly on the eyelid. They rarely last for long and don’t leave marks, scars or cysts.
- Chalazion – This is a firm skin bump that forms near the eyelid. It is harmless and may clear on its own after some time.
Staphylococcal bacteria will likely be the cause of a pimple on the eye. It is just one of the many bacteria strains that thrive on human skin. A chalazion will occur when oil glands located just by the edge of an eyelid are blocked. They can take up to several months to develop fully.
Should the swellings persist for more than 2-3 weeks, get medical help. This also includes cases where you may feel pain in the eye, have impaired vision, the swellings keep coming back or in case you have other similar pimples on the neck or on the back.
What causes pimple in the nose and possible treatment
Sometimes, you may notice a pimple in the nose or on it. The same cause of pimples on the back and on the face will in most cases be responsible for this condition too.
The sebaceous gland is located underneath the skin. This is the gland that produces skin oil normally known as sebum. In case that the sebum fails to reach the surface of the skin, it will cause a pimple.
Sometimes, bacteria get into skin pores and buildup in the areas where sebum has clogged. This causes a chemical reaction with the immune system which ends up in painful and reddened pimples. Folliculitis is the main cause of pimple in nose. Is can be contributed to by picking the nose or frequently blowing the nose.
A serious condition known as Nasal furuncles may occur. In this case, boils rather than pimples form inside the nose. If left untreated, it can cause yet another condition known as cellulitis. This is a deadly disease which is difficult to treat.
A pimple in the nose should never be ignored. The blood vessels in the nose are very closely networked with the ones provisioning the brain. For this reason, bacteria can find their way into the brain should caution not be taken.
If severe side effects such as dizziness, impaired vision, confusion, fever, and uneven pupils occur, seek medical attention right away. A doctor will prescribe the right medicine or perform a surgical operation if necessary.
Pimples on arms, back and legs
Dry skin is thought to be the leading cause of pimples on the arms. In most cases, the arms are left uncovered and are predisposed to collect more bacteria. For this reason, there may be more dead cells on the arms than on any other part of the body.
A pimple on the arms or legs may also result from poor shaving skills. In this case, they will form as razor bumps rather than pimples.
There are a couple of prevention approaches you can use to avoid pimples on arms. They include:
- Avoid dehydration by drinking enough fluids. You can actually eat food products such as watermelon and cucumbers which have lots of fluids in them.
- Apply a moisturizer on your upper arms and on legs. You find that most people will ignore their arms or poorly apply moisturizers on the back. Moisturizers are important, for they can also help to conceal and remove scars.
- Ensure that you have properly cleaned your arms after work, especially when manual work is involved. This will ensure that sweat pores are not blocked unnecessarily.
- Don’t wear excessively tight clothes. This can end up blocking sweat pores or preventing them from perspiring like it should be.
- Get enough rest and sleep. This is very important for it helps fight stress. Stress is a common trigger for pimples whether on the arms or on the face.
- Lack of enough vitamin D can cause arm pimples. A condition known as keratosis too can cause the same. For the former, you can consider eating foods that contain the vitamin or buy over the counter supplements. Keratosis on the other hand can be treated using common moisturizers.
Pimples on most parts of the body are caused by blocked sweat pores and trapped sebum. When bacteria find a way into the clogged sebum, it quickly multiplies and sparks a chemical reaction with the immune system. This results in inflamed, reddened and painful pimples.
Most pimples will heal on their own even without medical attention. However, you will always need to ensure that a certain pimples outbreak is not a symptom of a certain serious medical condition. The best approach is to get detailed online information and compare with online images and pictures.
Should doubts exist, get medical advice. In fact, never attempt to treat pimples with an unexplained origin or ones occurring persistently. Also, try not to pick at the pimples. This will only irritate them more and possibly spread the bacteria to other body parts.