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what is a carbuncle?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
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.
Answered on May 6, 2019
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