Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Carbuncle Outlook

What to expect with a carbuncle:

  • Most small, draining carbuncles resolve within 2 weeks and eventually heal without treatment.
  • With treatment, most large carbuncles resolve within 10 days.

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Last Updated: Mar 5, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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