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glossary:furunculosis [2012/10/16 14:40] (current)
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 +NOUN: A skin condition characterized by the development of recurring boils. ​
 +ETYMOLOGY:​ Latin f runculus, furuncle; see furuncle + –osis. ​
 +See also:  Chronic furunculosis is a condition where you have crops of boils that occur over a period of time. The boils can develop continuously,​ or occur from time to time.
 +Recurring boils (chronic furunculosis)
 +If you develop recurring boils, your doctor may suggest some tests to look for an underlying cause. For example, to check if you have a poor immune system.
 +One cause of recurring boils if you are otherwise healthy is that you, or someone in your family or household, may be a '​carrier'​ of Staphylococcus bacteria. This means that a certain number of these bacteria live harmlessly on your skin, or in your nose. If you are a '​carrier'​ you tend to be more prone to skin infections and boils. In particular, these bacteria may quickly invade and multiply in broken skin following a minor cut or injury. Treatment with antibiotics and/or antibiotic nasal cream may clear Staphylococcus bacteria from '​carriers'​ and reduce the chance of boils, or other types of skin infection, from recurring.
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