<dermatology> A Staphylococcal skin infection which involves a hair follicle, often referred to as a boil or a furuncle. A group of boils is known as a carbuncle.
Symptoms and findings include a tender pea-sized (or larger), red nodule, may ooze pus or weep.
Treatment includes warm, wet compresses several times a day. Oral or topical antibiotics may be indicated in some cases.
(27 Sep 1997)
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furuncular, furunculoid, furunculosis
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