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Furunculosis And Carbunculosis

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

Furunculosis and carbunculosis are skin infections that form lumps and pus, also called furuncles and carbuncles. A furuncle (abscess) forms when a hair follicle and the skin surrounding it become infected. A carbuncle is made up of multiple furuncles, and goes much deeper into the skin.

CARE AGREEMENT:

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment.

RISKS:

You may have a scar at the site of the infection after treatment. You may need surgery to treat your infection. If not treated, furunculosis and carbunculosis can lead to an infection that spreads to your blood and organs. This may cause life-threatening damage to your heart, brain, or bones.

WHILE YOU ARE HERE:

Informed consent

is a legal document that explains the tests, treatments, or procedures that you may need. Informed consent means you understand what will be done and can make decisions about what you want. You give your permission when you sign the consent form. You can have someone sign this form for you if you are not able to sign it. You have the right to understand your medical care in words you know. Before you sign the consent form, understand the risks and benefits of what will be done. Make sure all your questions are answered.

Medicines:

  • Antibiotic medicine: This medicine is given to fight or prevent an infection caused by bacteria. Take them as directed.

  • Medicines to treat pain, swelling, or fever: These medicines are safe for most people to use. However, they can cause serious problems when used by people with certain medical conditions. Tell caregivers if you have liver or kidney disease or a history of bleeding in your stomach.

  • Dressings: These are bandages that have medicine on them. Caregivers will cover your wound with these bandages and will change them regularly to prevent infection.

Tests:

  • Wound culture: Cultures are done to show what kind of germ is causing your infection. A swab of the draining area on your skin is sent to a lab for tests. This will also help determine the best treatment for you.

  • Blood or urine tests: Your blood and urine will be tested for infection.

Treatment:

  • Incision and drainage: Caregivers drain the fluid or pus that has collected in the infected area.

  • Surgery: You may need to have surgery if your infection spreads.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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