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A small cutaneous abscess, usually resulting from infection of a hair follicle by Staphylococcus aureus. Also known as boil.



an acute purulent necrotic inflammation of a hair follicle and surrounding tissue caused by pyogenic bacteria, chiefly Staphylococcus aureus.

The occurrence of furuncles is promoted by contamination and microtraumas of the skin, increased perspiration and fatty secretion, and metabolic disorders. Characteristic is a painful inflamed nodule with a central slough, or core. After the necrotic tissue is sloughed off, the skin heals and forms a scar. Furuncles usually appear on the neck, back, face, or back of the head. The presence of multiple furuncles is called furunculosis. Purulent necrotic inflammation of the skin and subcutaneous tissue around a group of hair follicles and sebaceous glands is called a carbuncle. Severe complications (purulent meningitis, sepsis) may result from a furuncle on the face.

Treatment includes applying an antiseptic to the skin and, sometimes, administering an antibiotic orally or intramuscularly. Prevention consists of proper personal hygiene, prevention of microtraumas of the skin, and prompt treatment of injured skin.


Raben, A. S. Furunkuly i furunkulez, 2nd ed. Moscow, 1962.


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For staphylococcal septicemia, staphylococcal pneumonia, abscess, furuncles and carbuncles, cellulitis, and bone and joint infections, both the admission rates and the extent of their rise increased with patient age.
aureus is also the most likely etiologic agent for abscesses, furuncles, and carbuncles (3), and bone and joint infections (6) and is a very common cause of cellulitis (although 13-hemolytic streptococci predominate) (5).
The trends in admissions for furuncles and carbuncles, cellulitis, impetigo, SSSS, and staphylococcal pneumonia are more likely to reflect real increases in community-acquired infections.
isolates isolates Furuncles 7 7 (100) Abscess 9 8 (89) Carbuncle 26 20 (77) Cellulitis 25 19 (76) Staphylococcal scarlet fever 27 17 (63) Wounds ([section]) 20 5 (25) Pyoderma 5 1 (20) Pneumonia ([parallel]) 8 1 (13) Bullous impetigo 6 0 Bacteremia 7 0 Other invasive infection (#) 4 4 (100) Colonization 300 18 (6) Total 444 100 (23) Risk ratio p value Origin of sample (95% CI) ([dagger]) ([double dagger]) Furuncles 8.
found identical PFGE profiles in nasal and furuncle PVL-positive isolates from patients with skin infections (10).
aureus, and similar to other community-acquired MRSA outbreaks (17-19), recurrent abscesses, or furuncles, or both were the predominant infection in our study.
The initial case involved an uncomplicated furuncle in a patient with dermatitis.
It is put on rectum in a tepid mushy form for treatment of hemorrhoids, and on the region for whitlows, furuncles, sprains and dislocations.
A furuncle or boil is a painful skin nodule associated with circumscribed inflammation of the corium or dermis and subcutaneous tissue, enclosing a central slough or core.
Hypnosis has been found useful to treat a number of skin disorders including acne excoriee, alopecia areata, atopic dermatitis, congenital ichthyosiform erythroderma, dyshidrotic dermatitis, erythromelalgia, furuncles, glossodynia, herpes simplex, hyperhidrosis, ichthyosis vulgaris, lichen planus, neurodermatitis, nummular dermatitis, postherpetic neuralgia, pruritus, psoriasis, rosacea, trichotillomania, urticaria, verruca vulgaris, and vitiligo.
Jenishbek has diabetes mellitus, furuncles all over his body, benign tumors on his face and head, inflammation of the digestive tract.
Cellulitis, erysipelas, Chiller, Selkin, & impetigo, folliculitis, Murakawa, 2001 furuncles and carbuncles Necrotizing fasciitis Swoboda-Kopec et al.