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Staph Infections: Folliculitis, Furuncles, and Carbuncles

6.9.2015 acne, Yleinen

Staphylococcus aureus or just plain staph (pronounced like ”staff”) is the name of the bacteria that causes a variety of problems including the following:


Red bumps with or without very small collections of pus fluid at the top red bump.
These red bumps are always centered around individual hair follicles and can be located anywhere there is hair on the body including the nose, eyelids, genital organs, and anus.


Collections of several hair follicles that are inflamed, red, and infected.
Simply stated this is the next step of progression of staph infection from folliculitis where several areas of folliculitis occur close together.


Collections of many, many infected hair follicles that combine together to form a large skin abscess that is commonly referred to as a boil.
Many times these abscesses are mistaken as spider bites even by physicians.  There is a tendency for carbuncles to form on near the genitals or near the anus.

All of these staph infections may drain liquid pus or dead white cells mixed with the germ or bacteria.  Pus is usually white, brown, or yellow/green, and it may have blood mixed in with it.  Most of these infections are due to staph bacteria that is resistant to penicillin and methicillin.  Therefore, these staph strains are known as ”methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus” or MRSA. Buy tretinoin cream, he works best when used within a skin care program that includes protecting the treated skin from the sun.

Treatment of Staph Infections

Drainage of the liquid yellow material or ”pus” is the most important treatment for staph infections.  Folliculitis, furunculosis, and carbuncles usually respond to repeated application of warm, moist compresses or soaking/showering which will help to bring them ”to a head” or soften, liquefy, and drain on their own.  When these staph infections do not drain on their own, drainage may be performed with either a syringe/needle or with some other surgical instrument by a healthcare provider.  An antibiotic like sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim, Septra or others,) doxycycline, or cephalexin (Keflex or others) may be necessary at times also.  However, the emphasis is not on an antibiotic with staph disease; the correct emphasis should be on drainage (either spontaneous or surgical), wound care, and decontamination which prevents spread of the staph and recurrences.

Recurrence of Staph Infections 

Recurrent folliculitis, furuncles or boils may be due to auto-infection or a vicious cycle where drainage of the bacteria from one area on the body is spread to another area of the body via touching, clothes, bed linens, or towels.  Staph can also be passed easily between persons,  and staph can be acquired from animal contact.  Healthcare facilities (including clinics and hospitals,) team/contact sports, hot tubs, whirlpools, and gymnasiums have also been implicated.