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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Carbuncle (Overview)

A nodular skin infection which 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

Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
60 Doctors shared insights

Carbuncle (Overview)

A nodular skin infection which 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? .

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

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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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Has everyone had a carbuncle?

Has everyone had a carbuncle?

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. ...Read more

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How long do carbuncles drain for?

Depends: It depends on the size, location, and depth of the carbuncle. Also depends if it is draining on its own or because it has been surgically incised. May be a few weeks, warm compresses will encourage drainage. ...Read more

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Describe the features of a carbuncle.?

Giant pimple: A carbuncle is a skin infection commonly called a "boil". It usually arises from an infected sebaceous cyst. Treatment is to open and drain it - then remove the sebaceous cyst after the infection is gone. ...Read more

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How do a furuncle and a carbuncle differ?

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, . ...Read more

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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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What exactly is a carbuncle and how do you treat it?

What exactly is a carbuncle and how do you treat it?

Carbuncle: These are infections or abscesses in the skin. They are treated with antibiotics and drainage. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: carbuncle?

Boil: 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. ...Read more

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What's the difference between herpes and carbuncles?

Virus vs. Bacterium: Herpes infections are caused by a virus, while carbuncles are caused by bacteria. Herpes infections appear as tiny, clear, painful blisters, while carbuncles are much larger pus-filled nodules. ...Read more

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I've heard different things. What exactly is carbuncle?

A type of abscess: A carbuncle is a variant if an abscess where the infection and puss expands under the skin, causing swelling, pain, possibly fever, resulting in multiple draining areas of puss overlying the swelling mass of the infection. This is often treated by opening, draining the wound and packing it with gauze and antibiotics. If not treated properly it can cause a blood infection which is quite serious. ...Read more

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What are the most effective home remedies for carbuncle?

What are the most effective home remedies for carbuncle?

Agree with answer: If the compresses do not bring this to a head quickly and allow it to drain you might want to seek more than home remedies since this may be severe and potentially harmful. ...Read more

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Are carbuncles always painful? Is it possible to have a carbuncle but not notice it because there is no pain? .

Yes: Unless you have a rare disorder that does not allow you to feel pain, a carbuncle is generally a very painful infection. ...Read more

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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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Is carbuncle curable?

Is carbuncle curable?

You bet: Warm compresses several times a day. Talk with your doc about incision and drainage, maybe antibiotics too. ...Read more

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What can I use to drain a carbuncle?

What can I use to drain a carbuncle?

Carbuncle: You should go see your doctor to have him/ her do it using sterile technique and pack it so it can drain properly. You also would benifit from antibiotics. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a carbuncle and a cyst?

Difference: A carbuncle is skin infection cuased by bacteria and involve hair follicles. It usually drains purulent material.

Cyst is a closed sac which may contain air, fluid or semisolid material. It could be sterile or infectious.

Dr. Shah
www. Cidsinfusion. Com. ...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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My carbuncle seems to have a string like worm thing. Should I be worried?

My carbuncle seems to have a string like worm thing. Should I be worried?

Carbuncle: 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. What you describe as worms is nothing more than pus. ...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