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When should I see a doctor about carbuncles?

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See your doctor if your boil or boils do not drain and heal after a few days of home treatment, or if you suspect you have a carbuncle. You should also seek medical evaluation for a carbuncle that develops on your face, near your eyes or nose, or on your spine -- and see a doctor for a carbuncle that becomes very large or painful.

SOURCES:
Merck Manual Home Edition: "Folliculitis and Skin Abscesses."
Kidshealth.org: "Staph Infections."
Principles of Pediatric Dermatology -- Chapter 6: Skin Infections.
Baptist Memorial Health Care: "Boils and Carbuncles."

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on June 20, 2019

SOURCES:
Merck Manual Home Edition: "Folliculitis and Skin Abscesses."
Kidshealth.org: "Staph Infections."
Principles of Pediatric Dermatology -- Chapter 6: Skin Infections.
Baptist Memorial Health Care: "Boils and Carbuncles."

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on June 20, 2019

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