<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)