Carbuncle

What is Carbuncle?

A carbuncle ( or ) is an abscess larger than a boil, usually with one or more openings draining pus onto the skin. It is usually caused by bacterial infection, most commonly Staphylococcus aureus, or Streptococcus pyogenes, which can turn lethal. However, the presence of carbuncles is actually a sign that the immune system is working. The infection is contagious and may spread to other areas of the body, or other people; those living in the same residence may develop carbuncles at the same time.

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I hit my head very hard on a sharp Corner of stainless steel microwave and punctured my scalp it bled for about 45 minutes. About seven days later...

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My 2 year old has recently started developing white heads on his butt and they cause him pain he fears getting his butt changed. We're pretty quick...

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The description provided by you suggests carbuncles developing at the buttocks. They are very painful and would...

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I have what looks like a very large pimple in the vaginal area above the clitoris. It's hurts a lot. It appeared within a 2 hour time period and...

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I keep getting what I think is carbuncles in my bottom. I take tegretol. I don't know I that makes a difference. I also suffer from insomnia. I...

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My 2 year old has recently started developing white heads on his butt and they cause him pain he fears getting his butt changed. We're pretty quick...

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Hi, My mother is having a carbuncle on back. This is second time that she had this carbuncle. Now, each time we have operated the carbuncle to get...

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i am having severe carbuncles on the scalp (more in the top portion ). it started some 6 years back as folliculitis and now it has become vere...

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