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What causes pimple filled with puss on the side of my nose?

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Posted on Tue, 22 Jul 2014
Question: I am concerned about what seems to be a pimple filled with puss on the side of my nose. I have easily expelled the puss. When I do that I clean the area with peroxide. The area never seems to heal however it does scab over only to have the puss return. I keep expelling the puss but now I am getting concerned as to why it won't heal and continues to fill with puss. The area around the site looks inflammed slightly.

I have seen my Dermotologist about a month ago where he conducted a full body exam. He stated that he saw nothing of concern. I was relieved

I golf so I am in the sun a lot however I use a 30 sunblock. My skin tans I don't burn

I am 65 and very concerned. What could this be. I have pics if you like to see the lesion

Thank you
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Answered by Dr. Sanjay Kumar Kanodia (7 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Kindly elaborate your query and send pictures

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

Welcome and thanks for posting your query to the forum.

I can understand your concern for pimple filled with puss on the side of nose.

In view to help you better I request you to kindly elaborate certain points:

- Since how long you have this condition. Is it present on one side or both the sides of nose.

- Is there any itching over the same. If yes then what is the grade of itching- mild/moderate/severe.

- Any history of faking or scaling over the area.

- Any other health problem or any medications you are taking.

I request you to kindly upload few good resolution pictures of your affected areas so that I can analyze it better. Kindly send good resolution pictures focusing the area of concern which can be seen on higher magnification. For uploading the pictures you have a facility on the right side of the page or can send on:

YYYY@YYYY

with "attention:Dr Sanjay Kumar Kanodia"

Hope to hear soon from your side.

With regards,

Dr Sanjay Kumar Kanodia
MD- Dermatology & Sexually transmitted diseases
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Sanjay Kumar Kanodia (31 minutes later)
1 month approx
1 side of nose
No itching or scaling
I have High Blood Pressure
Allergies
High cholesterol
Anxiety
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Answered by Dr. Sanjay Kumar Kanodia (22 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Kindly send high resolution picture.

Detailed Answer:
Dear Sir,

Very humbly request you to kindly focus the area in the center of the picture. Kindly send high resolution picture. I tried to see the area of concern at higher magnification but the picture gets blurred on higher magnification. Was there any mole before the pus exudation of the area.

I beg your pardon to trouble you again.

With regards,

Dr Sanjay Kumar Kanodia
MD- Dermatology & Sexually transmitted diseases
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Sanjay Kumar Kanodia (10 minutes later)
No mole that I remember. I do have some really small flesh colored cyst like things on my face. There might be a chance that one was there. Not positive though. If it was I am sure the previous exam would have caused some concern.

I will try and send a better pic

I am getting very nervous
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Answered by Dr. Sanjay Kumar Kanodia (8 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
"sebaceous cyst"confirm it by a higher resolution

Detailed Answer:
Dear Sir,

First and foremost do not at all get nervous. In my view it appears to be "sebaceous cyst". I just wanted to confirm it by a higher resolution picture.

In dermatology it is quite very important to see the exact entity either by close physical examination. A higher resolution picture serves as good as close physical examination. That is why I am troubling you for the same.

I tentatively keep my diagnosis as "sebaceous cyst" which is a very simple cystic structure which again and again gets filled with sebaceous yellowish material.

So relieve all your anxiety and just relax.

Waiting for a good resolution picture.

With regards,

Dr Sanjay Kumar Kanodia
MD- Dermatology & Sexually transmitted diseases
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Sanjay Kumar Kanodia (2 minutes later)
Thank you Dr. I have tried to send better pics I hope they will help you see clearer.

Thank you I feel a little calmer now

XXXXXX
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Answered by Dr. Sanjay Kumar Kanodia (18 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
"Sebaceous cyst": confirmed; can be cauterized

Detailed Answer:
Dear Sir,

I very humbly thank you for great patience and sending good resolution pictures. In dermatology we require the best of resolution of the image if we are not able to examine the person directly.

Thank you so much for uploading such a good resolution picture which confirm my diagnosis of "Sebaceous cyst".

It is a collection of cheezy pus like yellowish material into the cyst wall. There is typical history of recurrent filling of this pus like material. There can be mild pain or discomfort but other than that it never cause any problem.

It is not at all serious and is one of the simplest problem which we see very too often. It never turns into any type of malignancy or any other related issue.

You can visit a dermatologist who can cauterize the area with radio-frequency machine. It requires only few minutes and do not have any down time, therefore can be done any time.

I Hope these information will relax your mind. I will be glad to answer any further queries or if not then can close the discussion and rate the answer.

For any future skin or STDs related query, you can ask me directly at:

bit.ly/drsanjaykanodia

with good health wishes,

With regards,

Dr Sanjay Kumar Kanodia
MD- Dermatology & Sexually transmitted diseases
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What causes pimple filled with puss on the side of my nose?

Brief Answer: Kindly elaborate your query and send pictures Detailed Answer: Hello, Welcome and thanks for posting your query to the forum. I can understand your concern for pimple filled with puss on the side of nose. In view to help you better I request you to kindly elaborate certain points: - Since how long you have this condition. Is it present on one side or both the sides of nose. - Is there any itching over the same. If yes then what is the grade of itching- mild/moderate/severe. - Any history of faking or scaling over the area. - Any other health problem or any medications you are taking. I request you to kindly upload few good resolution pictures of your affected areas so that I can analyze it better. Kindly send good resolution pictures focusing the area of concern which can be seen on higher magnification. For uploading the pictures you have a facility on the right side of the page or can send on: YYYY@YYYY with "attention:Dr Sanjay Kumar Kanodia" Hope to hear soon from your side. With regards, Dr Sanjay Kumar Kanodia MD- Dermatology & Sexually transmitted diseases