Skin Treatment



- Carbuncle – Skin Infections

- What is Carbuncle?

Carbuncle is an acute inflammatory nodule of the skin caused by bacterial invasion into the hair follicles or sebaceous gland ducts. It is actually a boil, but one that has more than one focus of infection, i.e., involves several follicles or ducts. Carbuncles occur more often in men because of their more extensive body hair growth.

- What are the symptoms?

  • Oral Thrush
  • Thrush lesions in the esophagus, causes pain and difficulty swallowing
  • Lesions on the larynx, causing hoarse voice
  • Fingernails and toenails – painful, reddened, and tense swelling at the base or along the sides
  • Reddened, irritated areas seen under the arms, groin, breasts, vagina.These areas are often itchy and uncomfortable
  • Hard and horn-like lesions with a reddened base, on the skin, scalp, and trunk
  • In very rare occasions infection of deeper organs or in the blood.

- What are the symptoms?

  • Initially it appears as a red lump and as it grows pus starts to appear. Pus may come from the site, especially as time passes

- What is the cause?

A bacterium called Staphylococcus aureus infects an area under the skin or in a hair follicle. The infection can occur when a cut, wound, friction, pressure, or moisture forces the bacteria deeper into the skin or hair follicle

- How is it diagnosed?

  • There is tenderness and pain
  • Occasionally there is presence of fever.
  • Usually apparent to the physician on exam. The healthcare provider may collect a sample of pus from the abscess and send it to the laboratory so the organism can be identified
  • Cultures of pus may be sent to make sure antibiotic choice is correct

- How is it treated?

Antibiotics commonly used are flucloxacillin and erythromycin.

  • Warm soaks and moist compresses.
  • Incision and drainage of the lesion. Antibiotics may also be needed for fluctuant lesions.
  • To avoid spreading of infection, do not burst a abscess
  • Apply hot compress 3 times a day for 10 minutes to help ripen the boil
  • Wash the area thoroughly after the boil has burst and cover it with dry dressing.

- What is the estimated cost of treatment?

In general, a consultation with Dr. Rinky Kapoor would cost about INR 1000/-.

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About Doctor

Dr. Rinky Kapoor

Best Dermatologist & Best Cosmetic Dermatologist in India

Dr. Rinky Kapoor is a cosmetologist as well as is associated with some of the best dermatology hospitals in India. Cosmetology is a mix of the use of art and medicine together in a way that is aesthetically pleasing. She’s amongst the best dermatologist in Mumbai is the fact that she uses the world’s best and latest technological advances to give most natural looking results.

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