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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Carbuncle (Overview)

Carbuncle is a nodular skin infection which in layman's terms is often referred to as a "boil". Since it is a more nodular, deep type of skin infection, incision and drainage and/or oral antibiotics are often required to eliminate it.


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How does a carbuncle look?

How does a carbuncle look?

Carbuncle: A carbuncle is a skin infection that often involves a group of hair follicles. The infected material forms a lump, which occurs deep in the skin and may contain pus. When you have more than one carbuncle, the condition is called carbunculosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
58 doctors shared insights

Carbuncle (Overview)

Carbuncle is a nodular skin infection which in layman's terms is often referred to as a "boil". Since it is a more nodular, deep type of skin infection, incision and drainage and/or oral antibiotics are often required to eliminate it.


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What causes reoccurring carbuncles? Is it possible for carbuncles to be indicative of more serious underlying medical conditions? .

Yes: Your immunity is in question and the easiest way to damage it is diet. Get rid of the "junk" particularly the sweet stuff. I have not seen a carbuncle in years and it is to me a sign of the awful diet that millions in the U.S. Are taking. ...Read more

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Can you have carbuncle with no symptoms? What are the usual symptoms?

Carbuncle: Carbuncles are large cystic lymps under the skin that tend to be tender, painful, red, and sometimes will even ooze pus. Getting all the pus out usually helps the symptoms significantly. ...Read more

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What's the most effective way to treat carbuncle?

What's the most effective way to treat carbuncle?

Boil or abcess: The word carbuncle, is an old fashioned name for a boil or abcess. This is a skin infection caused by the staph aureus bacteria. You may have one boil, or many, and others in your house may have boils as well, because this germ is very contagious. Some people continue to get boils for months or years, since the germ may be hiding on their body. A single carbuncle can be treated by surgery. ...Read more

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Had 2 separate carbuncles a yr ago, eventually they healed on their own. I'm just learning that is what I had. Should I be concerned I wasn't treated?

No concern: If what you think were carbuncles, healed without treatment, you need not be concerned. However, God forbid, you have a recurrence, please see your doctor. ...Read more

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What's a simple, cheap treatment for my carbuncle?

What's a simple, cheap treatment for my carbuncle?

Antibiotics: Carbuncle is a medical term for a boil or a small abscess. It seems that you need antibiotics. ...Read more

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How do you cure a furuncle?

Drain: A furuncle is a boil, a purulent inflammation of a hair follicle. These usually pop, aided by a warm compress. If it does not do that in a couple of days, see your doctor to ascertain if it needs to be drained. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of hyper pigmintattion?

How do I get rid of hyper pigmintattion?

Hydroquinone: Hyperpigmentation if often caused be inflammation du to injury or infection and the action of the sun. Hydroquinone, and sunscreens can revers the process and improve the hyperpigmentation. ...Read more

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What is a carbuncle?

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. ...Read more

Furuncle (Definition)

A furuncle is the medical term for a boil. It is usually caused by staph aureas infection. It typically starts at a hair follicle. Treatment is by drainage which can occur spontaneously or ...Read more