Boils: Overview

Boils, also called “furuncles”, are bacterial skin infections resulting from an infected hair follicle or skin gland infection. The infectious bacteria is often staphylococcus aureus (“golden staph”). Boils may be single or appear in groups (called a “carbuncle”). Boils need to be differentiated from other similar skin infections such as blisters, folliculitis, pustular rash, and other rashes.

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