The following are the most common symptoms of folliculitis, boils, and carbuncles. However, each child may experience symptoms differently.
Symptoms for folliculitis may include:
Symptoms for boils may include:
Symptoms for carbuncles may include:
The symptoms of folliculitis, boils, and carbuncles may resemble other skin conditions. Always consult a physician for a diagnosis.
Diagnosis of folliculitis, boils, and carbuncles are made by a physician after a thorough medical history and physical examination. After examining the lesions, the physician may culture the wounds, which involves obtaining a sample of the drainage of the wound, allowing it to grow in the laboratory, and identifying the specific bacteria in order to help verify the diagnosis and select the best treatment.
The specific treatment for folliculitis, boils, and carbuncles will be determined by the child's physician based on the following criteria:
Treatment may include:
Carbuncles heal more slowly than a single boil. Keeping the skin clean helps to prevent these conditions from occurring.
The Division of Dermatology at Children's National Health System continues to expand services as more families seek our expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the skin, hair, and nails.
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