Boils & Carbuncles

  • Start as red, tender lumps the size of a pea.
  • Fill with pus and grow larger and more painful until they rupture and drain.
  • Occur in hair-bearing areas where you're most likely to sweat or experience friction.
  • The pain usually subsides once they drain.
  • You can usually care for a single boil at home.

  • Made of several skin boils.
  • Most common on back and nape of neck..
  • Grow very fast.
  • White or yellow pus-filled center.
  • Likely come from friction of clothing, poor hygiene, or poor overall health.
  • Cause a deeper and more severe infection than single boils do.
  • Are likely to leave a scar.

Causes/Risk Factors
They form when one or more hair follicles become infected with staph bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus) that entering through a cut, scratch, or break in the skin.
  • Close contact with someone who has a boil or carbuncle
  • Diabetes
  • Other skin conditions
  • A weak immune system

  • You can generally treat small boils at home by applying warm compresses to relieve pain and promote natural drainage.
  • For larger boils and carbuncles, treatment usually includes draining the boil with an incision and sometimes taking antibiotics.