Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Carbuncle Underlying Cause

Staph bacteria are the most common causes of carbuncles.

These bacteria are normally present on the surface of the skin. Staph bacteria may enter the skin when the skin is injured or inflamed. The bacteria may also become trapped in a plugged hair follicle. Once the bacteria enter the skin of hair follicle, they start to grow, resulting in infection.

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Last Updated: Aug 13, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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