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What is the difference between a furuncle and carbuncle boil? i have heard of both of these sorts of boils and never been able to tell what makes them different. what are the defining differences between furuncle boils and carbuncle boils?

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Dr. Richard Arden answered

Specializes in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Definitionally, a furuncle is an infection of the hair follicle and it's associated oil gland (pilosebaceous unit) and usually starts out as a small, tender, red nodule that becomes painful and fluctuant (fluid-filled). A carbuncle are multiple furuncles grouped together, usually involving deeper layers of skin (i.e., fat).

Answered Jan 6, 2019

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