Problem

Boils

Other Names:
Carbuncles
Furuncles
Carbuncle
Nature:

A boil, also called a furuncle, is a deep folliculitis, infection of the hair follicle. It is most commonly caused by infection by the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus, resulting in a painful swollen area on the skin caused by an accumulation of pus and dead tissue. Boils which are expanded are basically pus-filled nodules. Individual boils clustered together are called carbuncles. Most human infections are caused by coagulase-positive S. aureus strains, notable for the bacteria's ability to produce coagulase, an enzyme that can clot blood. Almost any organ system can be infected by S. aureus.

Broader Problems:
Sepsis
Inflammed skin
Problem Type:
G: Very specific problems
Subject(s):
Skin
Date of last update
16.06.2018 – 06:32 CEST