Folliculitis / Furuncle / Carbuncle Quiz

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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is folliculitis / furuncle / carbuncle?

Infection of the hair follicles by bacteria or fungi. As more hair follicles are involved, they can merge under the skin to become carbuncles.

Symptoms of folliculitis / furuncle / carbuncle

  • Skin abnormality

  • Lumps under the skin

  • Redness in the affected area

  • Swelling of the affected area

  • Red or yellow skin lumps

  • Affected area of skin has stinging or tingling

  • Skin lumps with scabs in the center

  • Skin problem on the chest, tummy or back

Questions your doctor may ask to check for folliculitis / furuncle / carbuncle

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose folliculitis / furuncle / carbuncle

  • Do you have any skin problems?

  • Do you feel a lump/lumps under your skin?

  • Is the affected area red?

  • Is the affected area swollen?

  • Do you have yellow or red lumps/bumps on your skin?

Treatment for folliculitis / furuncle / carbuncle

Mild cases can be treated with good hygiene, creams or tablets. More severe cases may require a simple surgery to drain the pus.

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