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what is a carbuncle?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Staph infection: A skin infection, usually caused by staphylococcus. In the early modern world, a "carbuncle" was a special type of gemstone, and the ugly-but-colorful pus-producing lesion was named for it. These are easy to treat with drainage and antibiotics.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

How does a carbuncle look?

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Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 28 years experience
Large red bump: Looks like a large red boil or bump with yellow pus coming to a head. Can start very small as a pimple but then get infected and filled with pus and become very large like a golfball.
CA
A 38-year-old member asked:

Describe the features of a carbuncle.?

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Giant pimple: A carbuncle is a skin infection commonly called a "boil". It usually arises from an infected sebaceous cyst. Treatment is to open and drain it - then remove the sebaceous cyst after the infection is gone.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Is carbuncle curable?

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Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine 31 years experience
You bet: Warm compresses several times a day. Talk with your doc about incision and drainage, maybe antibiotics too.
A 47-year-old member asked:

What can I use to drain a carbuncle?

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Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Carbuncle: You should go see your doctor to have him/ her do it using sterile technique and pack it so it can drain properly. You also would benifit from antibiotics.
NY
A 19-year-old female asked:

How long do carbuncles drain for?

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Dr. Jeffrey Fromowitz
Dermatology 19 years experience
Depends: It depends on the size, location, and depth of the carbuncle. Also depends if it is draining on its own or because it has been surgically incised. May be a few weeks, warm compresses will encourage drainage.

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