What Is a Furuncle Vs. a Carbuncle?


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A furuncle, also called a boil, is an infected hair follicle, whereas a carbuncle is several infected hair follicles, or boils, under the skin that converge to create one pus-filled sack above the skin, according to WebMD. Deep carbuncles are more prone to scarring than furuncles or superficial carbuncles.

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Furuncles and carbuncles are more common in hairy areas of the body. These infections are usually caused by Staph bacteria, which may be methicillin-resistant, also known as MRSA. The bacteria in furuncles and carbuncles is contagious and able to spread to other parts of the body or from person to person, according to WebMD.

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