Overview Risk Factors Symptoms Evaluation Treatment specialist Home Care pain in adults pain in children warning signs Outlook Underlying Cause Anatomy
- A painful bump under the skin
- A skin ulcer or lump that drains pus
- Skin redness
- Skin swelling
- Skin tenderness
- Skin warmth
- Red streaks spreading from around the abscess:
A carbuncle seldom requires testing.
Tests that may be used to evaluate carbuncle include:
- Culture of the wound drainage:
- May be needed to identify the bacteria causing the infection.
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PubMed Carbuncle References
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- Stulberg DL, Penrod MA, Blatny RA. Common bacterial skin infections. Am Fam Physician. 2002 Jul 1;66(1):119-24. 
- Trent JT, Federman D, Kirsner RS. Common bacterial skin infections. Ostomy Wound Manage. 2001 Aug;47(8):30-4.