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Furunculosis usually responds to simple measures such as warm skin compresses and good local hygiene. Dressings or poultices (e.g. magnesium sulphate paste) may encourage spontaneous discharge.

Resistant cases may require:

  • incision and drainage - for large furuncles
  • antibiotics e.g. flucloxacillin, erythromycin - in case of fever or extensive cellulitis (1)

For recurrent cases, eradication of the staphylococcal carriage using antibacterial agents is helpful (1).


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