Identify this condition:
- It is a red, swollen, and painful cluster of boils that are connected to each other under the skin.
- A boil (or furuncle) is an infection of a hair follicle that has a small collection of pus (called an abscess) under the skin.
- Usually single, a carbuncle is most likely to occur on a hairy area of the body such as the back or nape of the neck.
- But a carbuncle also can develop in other areas of the body such as the buttocks, thighs, groin, and armpits.
- The infection is contagious and may spread to other areas of the body, or other people; those living in the same residence may develop carbuncles at the same time.
- Most carbuncles are caused by Staphylococcus aureus bacteria
- Antibiotics and Incision and Drainage is the treatment.