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Has everyone had a carbuncle?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 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.

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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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