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Alternate Names : Infected Cyst

Furuncle | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the condition?

Furuncles may burst, drain, and then heal on their own without treatment. This usually happens within a week. Warm, moist compresses applied to the furuncle help to promote drainage. This is done by soaking the area with a warm, moist cloth several times a day. Sometimes the furuncle may need to be surgically drained. Antibiotics may be used to control the infection.

What are the side effects of the treatments?

Antibiotics may cause stomach upset, diarrhea, and in some cases an allergic reaction. There are possible side effects with any surgery. These include bleeding, infection, and allergic reactions to the anesthesia.

What happens after treatment for the condition?

Furuncles will go away with treatment, but some people have recurrences.

How is the condition monitored?

A person with a furuncle should call a healthcare provider if a fever develops, or if the furuncle doesn't heal within a week. Any other new or worsening symptoms should also be reported to the healthcare provider.

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Author: Lynn West, MD
Reviewer: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
Date Reviewed: 07/02/01

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