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When is a pimple called a carbuncle?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
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In brief: 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. A pimple would involve only one hair follicle.

In brief: 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. A pimple would involve only one hair follicle.
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