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Video:All About Folliculitis, Furuncles and Carbuncles

with Dr. Howard Goldberg

Folliculitis, furuncles and carbuncles are skin conditions occurring in the hair follicles. Watch this health video by About.com to get an overview on the causes and procedures for treating folliculitis, furuncles and carbuncles.See Transcript

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Transcript:All About Folliculitis, Furuncles and Carbuncles

Hi I'm Doctor Howard Goldberg from the Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Laser Center in Swampscott, Massachusetts. Today for About.com I'll be discussing all about Folliculitis, Funicles and Carbuncles.

Folliculitus can be Caused by Bacteria

Let's start with Folliculitus. Folliculitus is a common superficial inflammation of the hair follicle particularly noted on the scalp, face, trunk, arms, or legs. It can be caused by a mild form of Staphylococcus bacteria or to some of the bacteria that are involved with causing acne. But it also can be due to irritating chemicals or oils that get inside the hair follicles and cause an inflammatory reaction.

Funicle is also Known as a Boil

A Funicle is also referred to as a boil. This is an acute infection of the hair follicle with a more severe type of Staphyloccus bacteria referred to as Staphyloccus Aureus. This will cause an abscess to form with puss, swelling, and redness. It is very painful and it tends to point and ultimately drain.

Carbuncle is like a Group of Funicles

A Carbuncle is a deep infection of a group of adjacent hair follicles where the infection tunnels from one to the next. One could look on this as a group of funicles that have become connected by tunnels underneath the surface and this is what a carbuncle is.

Treatment is based on incising and draining these abscesses and taking cultures and then starting the appropriate antibiotic. Carbuncles predominantly occur in middle-aged or elderly males and they are more commonly seen in patients with diabetes or have an impaired immune system. Culture of the bacteria and then starting the appropriate antibiotic as well as incising and draining these abscesses is the appropriate treatment.

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