11 doctors weighed in:
What's the most effective way to treat carbuncle?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Richard Feinstein
Dermatology
5 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Richard Feinstein
Dr. Richard Feinstein
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Heat Sometimes
Sometimes applying hot compresses frequently will bring it to a head and allow for spontaneous drainage.
Do not lance it yourself because of a higher risk of more infection and scarring!

In brief: Heat Sometimes
Sometimes applying hot compresses frequently will bring it to a head and allow for spontaneous drainage.
Do not lance it yourself because of a higher risk of more infection and scarring!
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Drainage
Incision and drainage will release pus, allow infection o resolve and relieve pain from pressure.

In brief: Drainage
Incision and drainage will release pus, allow infection o resolve and relieve pain from pressure.
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dr. Morris Westfried
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