What Are Boils And Carbuncles

Boils and carbuncles are painful, pus-filled bumps that form under your skin when bacteria infect and inflame one or more of your hair follicles.
Boils (furuncles) usually start as red, tender lumps. The lumps quickly fill with pus, growing larger and more painful until they rupture and drain.

A carbuncle is a cluster of boils that form a connected area of infection under the skin. You can usually care for a single boil at home, but don’t attempt to prick or squeeze it — that may spread the infection. Call your doctor if a boil or carbuncle is extremely painful, lasts longer than two weeks or occurs with a fever. Boils can occur anywhere on your skin, but appear mainly on your face, neck, armpits, buttocks or thighs — hair-bearing areas where you’re most likely to sweat or experience friction.

Signs and symptoms of a boil usually include:

A painful, red bump that starts out about the size of a pea Red, swollen skin around the bump
An increase in the size of the bump over a few days as it fills with pus (can sometimes reach the size of a baseball)
Development of a yellow-white tip that eventually ruptures and allows the pus to drain out

Carbuncles

A carbuncle is a cluster of boils that form a connected area of infection. Carbuncles often
occur on the back of the neck, shoulders or thighs. Compared with single boils, carbuncles cause a deeper and more severe infection and are more likely to leave a scar.

See your doctor for more info.

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