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glossary:carbuncle

Carbuncle:

Dermal inflammation commonly known as a boil. May be site of entry foci for bacterial infections.

A Staphylococcal skin infection which involves a hair follicle, often referred to as a boil or a furuncle. A group of boils is known as a carbuncle.

Symptoms and findings include a tender pea-sized (or larger), red nodule, may ooze pus or weep.

Treatment includes warm, wet compresses several times a day. Oral or topical antibiotics may be indicated in some cases.

glossary/carbuncle.txt · Last modified: 2012/10/16 14:40 (external edit)