Skin infection - staphylococcal; Infection - skin - staph; Staph skin infection; Carbunculosis
A carbuncle is a swollen lump or mass under the skin. It may be the size of a pea or as large as a golf ball. The carbuncle may be red and irritated and might hurt when you touch it.
It may also:
- Grow very fast
- Have a white or yellow center (
- Weep, ooze, or crust
- Spread to other skin areas
Sometimes, other symptoms may occur. These may include:
- General discomfort or sick feeling
- Skin itching before the carbuncle develops
Signs and tests
Your doctor will look at your skin. The diagnosis is primarily based on what the skin looks like. A skin biopsy may be done to help make the diagnosis or determine the exact type of bacteria involved.