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pimples on my back very deep under the skin and painful?

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I am 26, with no history of acne whatsoever. Over the last couple of months, I have started to have pimples on my back between my shoulder blades. They are the kind that are very deep under the skin and painful. I have had no recent medication changes, new stressors, or anything else that I can think of that would cause this change. I also have not observed any patterns as to when they occur. Any ideas about the cause or a way to prevent them?

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replied February 13th, 2012
Acne and Skin Disorders Answer A31505

Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am glad to help you out.

Without examination, confirmation of a diagnosis is difficult, but it seems like folliculitis or a boil. Folliculitis is the inflammation of one or more hair follicles. The condition may occur anywhere on the skin. It starts when hair follicles are damaged by friction from clothing or blockage of the follicle. In most cases of folliculitis, the damaged follicles are then infected with the bacteria Staphylococcus.
A Boil is caused by an infection of the hair follicle by staph aureus. Bacterial skin infections can be spread by shared cosmetics or washcloths, close human contact, or by contact with pus from a boil or carbuncle.

Apply warm compresses on the bump and keep the area clean. You should consult a doctor as you might need a course of antibiotics/anti-inflammatories to take care of the same. If there are recurrent boils, then please get your blood sugar levels estimated.

I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.

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