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A boil is "an inflamed pus-filled swelling on the skin typically caused by the infection of the hair follicle (WIKIPEDIA)." When a boil is developing, generally the area turns red before a lump forms. After several days, the lump may appear white with pus. Boils are generally found on a person's face, neck, armpits, and shoulders. The reason why it is significant to understand what boils are in this case is because Carbuncles are made up of a group of boils that are connected under the skin. Areas such as a back (extremely hairy), thighs, groin, and armpits are most likely to become affected by Carbuncles. Carbuncles are more likely to scar than boils.  This skin disorder is caused by the bacteria aureus, which indicates that a person who develops this disorder would most likely acquire the infection through the hair follicles. The healing process of a Carbuncle typically involves draining.

Carbuncles that are active are CONTAGIOUS. This means that this skin disorder can not only spread to another portion of the affected person's body, but also through personal contact with another individual who carries this. If you or someone you know has this skin disorder, it is imperative for them to cover up their skin so that they are not unintentionally spreading Carbuncles. Try using a sterile bandage. If you are experiencing pain, try using an over the counter medication such as ibuprofen.  Also, even if you are not currently affected with a skin disorder, it is always important to practice good personal hygiene, which includes not sharing personal items such as bath towels.

Risk factors may include the following:

  • Age (Older)
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney and Liver Disease
  • Poor Hygiene
  • Poor Nutrition
  • Weakened Immune System
  • Healthy Individuals with Cuts and/or Sores
  • Friction from Clothing or Shaving
  • Gender (More Common in Males)

If you feel like you may be affected with a Carbuncle, always contact your medical provider. This skin disorder requires medical attention, especially if it is accompanied by a fever, fatigue or is recurrent. The doctor will examine the skin, and based on that, will give you specific instructions on how to get rid of Carbuncle. Avoid squeezing or irritating the spot. Generally it is a great idea to add warmth to the spot with a cloth, however, seek medical attention and follow the instructions of your health care provider. Generally, Carbuncles are not life threatening unless it seeps into the bloodstream, which can cause infections of other portions of the body.




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