A carbuncle, like a furuncle, is due to an invasion of the lower layers of the skin by pus-producing germs which are normally present on the surface of the skin. They gain entrance to the lower layers of the skin, as they do in the case of boils, through a hair follicle or a sweat gland, or something of that kind. .
Carbuncles usually must drain before they will heal. This most often occurs on its own in less than 2 weeks.
Placing a warm moist cloth on the carbuncle helps it to drain, which speeds healing. Gently soak the area with a warm, moist cloth several times each day. Never squeeze a boil or attempt to cut it open at home because this can spread the infection and make it worse.
You need treatment if the carbuncle lasts longer than 2 weeks, returns frequently, is located on the spine or the middle of the face, or occurs along with a fever or other symptoms. Treatment helps reduce complications related to an infection.
A carbuncle is a swollen lump or mass under the skin. It may be the size of a pea or as large as a golf ball. The carbuncle may be red and irritated and might hurt when you touch it.
The symptoms are:
- General discomfort or sick feeling
- Skin itching before the carbuncle develops
Good general health and hygiene may help prevent some staph skin infections. Such infections are contagious, so care must be taken to avoid spreading the bacteria to other people.If you get carbuncles often, your doctor may give you antibiotics to prevent them.