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Posted by: Denise | 2006/07/29

Pimple

Hi Doctor,

If a pimple is pricked and it bursts, can it re-appear after a day? If saliva had to get onto a burst pimple, will it burn because saliva is an acid?

Thanks

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Hi Denise
Yes is can reappear if the hole you made was small, and it closed up before all the pus drained out. Saliva won't really burn but I would not add more germs to a pimple by treating it with saliva! Best is always to open up a yellow pointed pimple with a sterile needle ( wipe it with alcohol or spiritus) and to put antibiotic ointment or cream like Bactroban on it afterwards. If you squeeze a pimple you bruise the skin and cause more chance of infecting the surrounding skin and making ugly scars.

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