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Furuncle Overview

What is a furuncle?
A person with a furuncle has a bacterial infection of the hair follicle. An abscess forms when the follicle becomes inflamed and the body forms a wall around the infection. Inside the abscess is a collection of infected fluid, called pus.

What are the symptoms of a furuncle?
Symptoms of a furuncle include a painful skin lump, skin redness, skin tenderness, and pus draining from the skin.

How does the doctor treat a furuncle?
Treatment for a furuncle includes warm wet compresses, antibiotics, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Incision and drainage may be required for some of these infections.

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Last Updated: Feb 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Furuncle References
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