Furuncle is actually another word for a boil. Boils are bacterial or fungal infections of our hair follicles. The infected hair follicle can, in fact, be on any part of one’s body, not only one’s scalp. The infected hair follicle can be on any part of one’s body, not only one’s scalp. When the hair follicle does become infected, the skin around it does become inflamed. The furuncle looks like a red, raised bump on one’s skin and will rupture as well as weep fluid.
Symptoms of a Furuncle
- Begins as a benign-looking bump on one’s skin, similar to a pimple.
- As the infection worsens, the boil can indeed become hard and painful.
- Bacteria, as well as dead skin cells, may build up under one’s skin, forming pus.
- Pressure builds up, which may indeed cause the furuncle to burst and also release its fluids.
- The pain is usually worse right before a furuncle rupture and will, in fact, improve after it drains.
- Furuncles range in size from as small as a pea to as big as a golf ball.
- The skin around the infected hair follicle may rather become red, swollen, and tender.
- Scarring is also possible.
The development of several boils in the same usual area of one’s body is called a carbuncle. Carbuncles may cause a fever as well as well chills. These symptoms are less common with a single boil.
What Causes Furuncles?
Any sort of bacteria or fungi can cause a furuncle. The most common bacterium is Staphylococcus aureus. Everyone has S. aureus on their skin as a normal occurrence. The bacterium causes an infection only if it does enter one’ bloodstream through an open wound, such as a cut or a scratch. Once the bacterium is in one’s blood, one’s immune system does try to fight it and the boil is actually the result of one’s white blood cells working to eliminate it.
One is also more likely to develop a boil in case one’s immune system is compromised or if one has a medical condition that slows down the healing of one’s wounds. Diabetes and eczema, a chronic skin disorder is characterized by extremely dry, itchy skin, are two examples of chronic conditions that do increase one’s risk of getting a staph infection.
One risk can also increase if one is engaged in close, personal contact with someone who is suffering from the staph infection.
Other causes of furunculosis:
• Insanitary personal habits or surroundings, anemia
• low general or local resistance to the infection
low metabolic rate and internal foci of infection
Many people actually need not see a doctor for treatment unless a boil remains large, unruptured, or is rather very painful for more than two weeks. Usually, a furuncle will already have drained and begun to heal within this timeframe.
- One needs to take steps to promote drainage and healing. Warm compresses can help speed the rupturing of a furuncle. Apply a warm, moist compress throughout the day to facilitate drainage.
- Continue to apply warmth in order to provide both healings as well as pain relief after a boil has ruptured. Wash one’s hands and the boiling site thoroughly as well as frequently with warm water and antibacterial soap in order to avoid spreading the staph bacteria to other areas of one’s body.
- One needs to contact the doctor if the furuncle remains unruptured or if one is in severe pain after a couple of weeks.
- One may require antibiotics to clear the infection.
- The doctor may also manually drain the boil with sterile instruments in the office.
- Do not try to open it oneself by squeezing, pricking, or cutting the boil as this increases the risk of deeper infection as well as severe scarring.
- Several therapeutic measures have been recommended and have rather been made use of furunculosis, but none of them have proved uniformly successful.
- Furuncles are commonly found on the face and one’s neck. One might also develop a boil on one’s thigh or buttocks.
- The development of several boils in the same usual area of one’s body is called a carbuncle. Carbuncles may cause a fever as well as well chills.
- These symptoms are less common with a single boil.