Author(s): Dr. Ketan Vagholkar, Dr. Isha Bhatnagar, Dr. Aamina Hamdule, Dr. Sourabh Prajapat and Dr. Narender Narang
Carbuncle is a confluent folliculitis that is infection affecting multiple hair follicles leading to multiple sinuses discharging pus. It is commonly seen on the back of immuno-compromised patients. Admission to hospital with aggressive treatment, both systemic and locally is necessary. Optimisation of co-morbidities such as diabetes, adequate hydration, and antibiotics and are mainstay of initial treatment. Surgical intervention in the form of debridement and desloughing followed by wound care is the next line of management. Patient education at the time of discharge is necessary for prevention of recurrence.