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Carbuncle Overview

What is a carbuncle?
A person with a carbuncle has a group of furuncles in one location. A furuncle is a bacterial infection of the hair follicle. In order to fight the infection, the body forms a wall around the infected tissue, called an abscess.

What are the symptoms of a carbuncle?
Symptoms of a carbuncle include a painful, tender, and red skin lump.

How does the doctor treat a carbuncle?
Treatment of a carbuncle includes warm wet compresses and antibiotics. Incision and drainage is often necessary.

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Last Updated: Feb 7, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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