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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.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

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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