A carbuncle is a group of boils (furuncles) that appear together on the skin. Boils are bacterial skin infections resulting from an infected hair follicle or an infected skin gland. The infectious agent in boils and carbuncles is often staphylococcus aureus (golden staph). Read more about: Boils ...

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Introduction: Carbuncle

Boils and carbuncles are red, painful lumps on the skin that are usually caused by a bacterial infection. ...Source: NHS Choices UK1 ...

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Symptoms of Carbuncle

You may also:

  • have a high temperature of 38C (100.4F) or above
  • feel generally unwell
  • feel weak and exhausted

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Complications of Carbuncle

Complications of boils and carbuncles Although most boils and carbuncles don't cause further problems, some people develop a secondary infection. This can range from a relatively minor (though often very painful) infection of the deeper layer of the skin, such ...3

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Causes of Carbuncle

Most people who keep getting boils are carriers of Staphylococcus aureus (staph bacteria). This means they have staph bacteria living on their skin or inside their nose. ...Source: NHS Choices UK4 ...

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Causes List for Carbuncle

Some possible causes of Carbuncle or similar disorders may include:5

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Diagnosis of Carbuncle

When to see your GP: See your GP if you think you have a carbuncle. With boils, you don't usually need to see a doctor as most boils burst and heal by themselves. But see your GP if you have ...6

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Treatments: Carbuncle

Treating boils and carbuncles Self care Most boils get better without the need for medical treatment. One of the best ways to speed up healing is to apply a warm, moist face cloth to the boil for 10-20 minutes ...7

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Prevention of Carbuncle

Preventing boils and carbuncles You can't always avoid getting a boil or carbuncle, but these simple steps can reduce your risk:

  • wash your skin regularly using a mild antibacterial soap
  • carefully clean any cuts, wounds or grazes (even small ones) ...
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  1. Source: NHS Choices UK: conditions/ Boils/ 
  2. ibid.
  3. ibid.
  4. ibid.
  5. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  6. Source: NHS Choices UK: conditions/ Boils/ 
  7. ibid.

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