What Causes Infected Pimples and Symptoms?

What Causes Infected Pimples and Symptoms?
Published on, 11 April, 2024. Answered by Dr. Aditya Favade and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor,


As I'm currently experiencing an infected pimple that was inadvertently scratched open and is displaying signs of infection, what are some home remedies I can employ to treat it effectively?


Answered by Dr. Aditya Favade


Thank you for reaching out to Dr.Galen. Please find the below response to your query


Cleanse the Area:


1. Gently wash the affected area with a mild, non-comedogenic cleanser to remove any dirt, oil, and bacteria.


2. Use lukewarm water and pat dry with a clean towel.


Apply Warm Compresses:


1. Soak a clean cloth in warm water and wring out excess moisture.


2. Gently apply the warm compress to the infected pimple for 5-10 minutes, several times a day.


3. This helps to reduce inflammation and promote drainage.


 Avoid Squeezing or Picking:


1. Refrain from squeezing or picking at the infected pimple as this can worsen the infection and lead to scarring.


2. Allow the pimple to heal naturally.After popping a pimple, clean the area and apply an antibacterial ointment to reduce the risk of infection. Avoid touching the area to let it heal and minimize scarring


Consult a Dermatologist if Necessary:


1. If the infection worsens or does not improve with home remedies, consult a dermatologist for further evaluation and treatment.


2. A dermatologist may prescribe topical or oral antibiotics to help clear the infection.




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