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How do a furuncle and a carbuncle differ?

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Dr. David Hardin
Wound care 38 years experience
Skin infections: A furuncle also called, a boil is a deep folliculitis; or infection of a hair follicle. It is most commonly caused by staphylococcus aureus, resulting in a painful swollen area on the skin with an accumulation of pus and dead tissue. A carbuncle is an infection larger than a boil, usually with one or more openings draining pus onto the skin. It is usually caused by bacterial infection, .
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