Carbuncles are red, painful cluster of boils that are connected to each other under the skin. Most carbuncles are caused by Staphylococcus aureus bacteria that inhabit the skin, throat and nasal passages. This condition may cause permanent scarring. Symptoms are:
• Red, inflamed lump under the skin
• Painful upon touching
• Filled with pus
• Itching before the appearance of lump
• Body aches
• Crustiness or oozing of skin
HOW IS CARBUNCLES DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of carbuncles can be done through physical examination. The General Physician may extract a pus sample for testing. Consistent development of carbuncles may be a sign of other symptoms. A general blood and urine test may be required to eliminate other health conditions.
HOW IS CARBUNCLES TREATED?
Carbuncles usually must drain before they will heal. This most often occurs on its own in less than 2 weeks. The medical treatment involves procedure like antibiotics, anti-bacterial soaps and pain relievers. Surgeries may be used to address some deep or large carbuncles. A carbuncle may be drained with a scalpel or needle.