Furunculosis: Meaning, Diagnosis and Overview

What is Furunculosis?

Boils (furuncles) are painful pus-filled bumps on the skin. A furuncle (abscess) forms when a hair follicle and the skin surrounding it becomes infected. Furunculosis is the condition of having or tending to develop multiple furuncles.

Recovery Time

Small boils may subside and go without any treatment. Larger boils are treated by letting the infected fluid (pus) out. Once the pus has gone, the infection in the surrounding skin tends to fade away gradually over several days. A scar may be left at the site of the boil.


Diagnosis is done by examining the skin. Other tests like wound culture, blood and urine tests may be recommended in some cases.

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