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Is a boil also called a carbuncle?
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Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: Not exactly
The medical term for "boils" is furuncles.
A cluster of furuncles is carbunculosis. This is a medically technical detail, but if you are discussing this with friends, ok to use either term.

In brief: Not exactly
The medical term for "boils" is furuncles.
A cluster of furuncles is carbunculosis. This is a medically technical detail, but if you are discussing this with friends, ok to use either term.
Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff
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In brief: Boil
A boil is also known as an abscess.
Further, a boil is can also be called a furuncle. Carbuncles are larger lesions where there may be one or more openings onto the skin. Can be confusing.

In brief: Boil
A boil is also known as an abscess.
Further, a boil is can also be called a furuncle. Carbuncles are larger lesions where there may be one or more openings onto the skin. Can be confusing.
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