Carbuncle

Accumulation of interconnected boils, occurring almost exclusively in conditions of poor hygiene or when a patient’s resistance is reduced. The disorder is associated with fever and a general feeling of malaise, largely caused by the size of the area affected. There is a strong likelihood that bacteria from the carbuncle will enter the bloodstream and cause inflammation elsewhere; for this reason antibiotics are usually prescribed. They do not help to cure the carbuncle itself, which should be treated like a boil.

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