Carbuncle Symptoms, Causes & More

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Causes

Boils are usually caused by the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus, which is often found on the skin and inside the nose. When a number of hair follicles are infected by these bacteria, a carbuncle is formed.

The body's immune system then sends white blood cells to the affected area to combat the infection. Several heads of pus form on the carbuncle, as it is constituted of many boils that are tightly packed together.2‘Boils and carbuncles.’ Mayo Clinic, www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/boils-and-carbuncles/symptoms-causes/syc-20353770.

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