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What is the different bet. carbuncle and furuncle as morphology of acute infl. of hair follicles ?

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine 51 years experience
Size, location...: A furuncle generally refers to a collection of pus or boil that stems from a blocked hair follicle and is often caused by a skin bacteria, staph. Carbunlce generally refers to a larger pus-filled mass or boil and may refer to other area of body than the furunlce. They are both type of boils.
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