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Folliculitis, Boils and Carbuncles

While the skin conditions folliculitis, boils and carbuncles can usually be cared for at home, you should seek care from a physician if they are very painful, last for more than two weeks or are accompanied by a fever. A Jefferson dermatologist can drain a large boil or carbuncle to relieve pain and enable faster healing. Your physician may also prescribe antibiotics to treat infections.

Physicians in the Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Biology at Jefferson treat all types of skin disorders in adults as well as in children in a recently expanded pediatric dermatology section. Specially trained physicians utilize advanced conventional, Mohs and laser surgical techniques to provide patients with the most flexible options for effective treatment of a wide range of skin conditions and for removal of skin lesions.