What is carbuncle?
A carbuncle is a painful collection of boils, that are connected to each other under the skin. Carbuncles are bacterial infections which are most often caused by Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, which inhabits the skin, throat and nasal passages of the human body. The bacterias may enter the body through hair follicles, cuts or punctures in the skin.
Carbuncle is usually single and occur on the hairy part of the body, like on the back and nape of the neck. However, it can develop on other parts of the body also such as armpits, groins, thighs and buttocks.
Carbuncle is a serious bacterial infection which presents as red, swollen, tender cluster of boils with multiple pus heads. The pus is mixture of white blood cells along with bacterias and dead skin cells, which needs to be drained for healing. Carbuncles most often leave scars after being healed.
Carbuncle or boils can be contagious and the infection can spread through direct contact or using the personal items of the infected person.
Homeopathic medicines act wonderfully in the cases of carbuncles, furuncles or boils, which show similar features. The best homeopathy doctor for skin diseases can easily give permanent solutions in such cases in minimum time.
Most of the carbuncles are caused by Staphylococcus aureus bacterias. Usually these bacterias are found on the skin, inside the nose and throat of a person , but may enter the skin through hair follicles, any cut, graze or insect bites.
Bacterias easily thrive in the moist areas of the body and thus these areas are more susceptible for infections. They mostly happen on backs, nape of the neck, shoulders and thighs, but can also occur on face, armpits and buttocks.
Sign and Symptoms
A carbuncle represents with red, tender, painful bump on the skin, which quickly increases in size and become pus filled. This eventually develops a white or yellow tip called ‘head’ which bursts to drain the pus. The area around the carbuncle is also swollen and tender.
Some other accessory symptoms may include-
- Itching in the area, where carbuncle is about to appear
- Body aches
- Skin crusting with oozing
Anyone can develop carbuncle, still some factors that may increase the risk are-
- Males are more prone to develop infection than females, especially old men with compromised immunity and poor health.
- Being in close contact with the person who is suffering from carbuncle.
- People with diabetes are not able to fight back the infection and thus are more at risk.
- Other skin conditions like eczema and acne damage the protective layer of the skin and thus make it more susceptible for other infections.
- People who have compromised immunity due to any reason are more at risk for developing boils and carbuncles.
- Obesity can also increase the risk
- People with kidney and liver diseases
- Keeping poor hygiene
- Shaving and other activities that can cause breakage in the skin
Carbuncles rarely get complicated. However, if the bacterias enter the bloodstream they can cause sepsis, which is a serious condition and can cause deep infections in heart and bone.
Doctor can easily diagnose carbuncle by just looking at the skin. For further confirmation, he may send the pus sample for lab analysis of the bacteria.
Doctor will also go into the medical history of the patient to know the duration of symptoms or it’s frequent recurrences. Frequent development of carbuncles may be a sign of diabetes.
Homeopathic medicines can reduce the swelling and pain caused by carbuncle very effectively. The approach of homeopathic medicines is not only to relieve the symptoms present outside, but also cure the root cause of the disease.
The best homeopathy doctor for skin diseases can prescribe the medicines which will not only cure the disease, but also reduce the tendency of its recurrence in the body.