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What is a carbuncle?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 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 37-year-old member asked:

Has everyone had a carbuncle?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 47 years experience
No: It is common but only a few percent of the population is prone to skin infections that require to drained. Certain individuals are colonized by MRSA and experience repeat infections .Isolated lesions are drained, multiple lesions require antibiotics and preventive measures such as vitamin c and skin cleansers.
A 47-year-old member asked:

What can I use to drain a carbuncle?

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Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
Family Medicine 34 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.
A 44-year-old member asked:

How does a carbuncle look?

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Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 29 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.

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