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What is Furuncle (Boil)?

Description of the disease:

A furuncle, also known as a boil, is a purulent inflammation of a hair follicle and surrounding tissues. It is an acute condition, most commonly caused by Staphylococcus aureus infection.


  • Simple furuncle
  • Deep furuncle
  • Carbuncle


Symptoms include redness, swelling, pain, presence of pus, fever, general weakness.


The main cause of furuncle development is an infection of the hair follicle by the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus.


The diagnosis of a furuncle is based on clinical manifestations and the results of laboratory tests.


Treatment may include the use of antiseptic ointments, taking antibiotics, surgical opening and drainage of the purulent focus.


Preventive measures include maintaining skin hygiene, avoiding skin trauma, and boosting immunity.


The diagnosis and treatment of furuncles are carried out by a dermatologist or surgeon.

Note: This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not medical advice.