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What is a carbuncle?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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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