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Furuncle (Overview)

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 may need surgical drainage.


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What could be a cause of repeating furuncles?

What could be a cause of repeating furuncles?

Predisposing factors: Predisposing factors like diabetes, ingrown hair, excessive moisture and immune deficiency favor multiple or recurrent boils. ...Read more

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Furuncle (Overview)

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 may need surgical drainage.


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I've been gettn many small boils with and without a white tip all over. Feel very itchy . Please help me what is this a symptom of?Is it a disease?Help

I've been gettn many small boils with and without a white tip all over. Feel very itchy . Please help me what is this a symptom of?Is it a disease?Help

Many possibilities.: Common causes of itchy rashes like that are viral illnesses, medications, and an allergic reaction to something you came in contact with. Impossible to narrow down further without direct examination. You are clearly worried, so see your doctor or a dermatologist and find out for sure. ...Read more

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Will my ca MRSA kill me?Only symptoms I have are boils. I'm scared to get pneumonia or get in my blood. How will i know if it does? (only 20yrs old)

Will my ca MRSA kill me?Only symptoms I have are boils. I'm scared to get pneumonia or get in my blood. How will i know if it does? (only 20yrs old)

Probably not...: Most patients with community-acquired MRSA have the skin symptoms that you describe. With treatment, the infection is not likely to become a systemic infection so pneumonia and certainly death are not likely to occur. If the infection were to become systemic, you would experience fever, chills, etc. If you do develop these symptoms, see your doctor or go to the er, but this is unlikely w/ therapy. ...Read more

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Are boils in the groin area signs of diabetes?

DM and Boilds : Boils in the groin area are not a classical sign for diabetes. Excessive thirst, excessive hunger, frequent urination are. I've seen patients present with skin or other types of infections which led to diagnosis of diabetes. Diabetics are more prone to getting infections. But an infected boil is not a sign of diabetes in and by itself. ...Read more

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Can recurrent boils/furnaces cause recurrent high WBC count? All 7 labs I have had over 3 years have shown a high WBC. Range from 10 to 20 each test.

Can recurrent boils/furnaces cause recurrent high WBC count? All 7 labs I have had over 3 years have shown a high WBC. Range from 10 to 20 each test.

Depends: If the white blood cell count is performed while you have a significant skin/ soft tissue infection, the WBC's may be elevated, but I am not sure that would explain a WBC count in the range of 20,000. Best to have complete blood count (CBC) done when there is no obvious infection. If elevated, would see a hematologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Does anyone know about furuncle infection?

An infection: A furuncle is a large pimple, or an infection near the surface of the skin that forms a ball of pus. They are cleared with drainage and use of antibiotics. ...Read more

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How can I treat boils?

How can I treat boils?

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. If there are multiple boils you need to get checked out to rule out predisposing factors like diabetes, ingrown hair, excessive moisture and immune deficiency. ...Read more

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How are boils treated?

How are boils treated?

Abscess Treatment: An abscess is a tender mass generally surrounded by a colored area from pink to deep red. Abscesses are often easy to feel by touching. The middle of an abscess is full of pus and debris. http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/abscess#1 ...Read more

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Carbuncle (Definition)

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 ...Read more