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by Calvagna M

(Carbuncle; Furuncle; Cutaneous Abscess; Skin Abscess; Abscess, Cutaneous; Abscess, Skin)


Risk Factors

Factors that increase your risk of getting a boil include:
  • Diabetes
  • Eczema
  • Poor nutrition
  • Poor hygiene
  • Weakened immune system
  • Exposure to harsh chemicals
  • Sports or activities involving close personal contact
  • Obesity


American Academy of Dermatology

Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians



The College of Family Physicians of Canada

Public Health Agency of Canada



Boils. DermNet NZ website. Available at: Updated June 2014. Accessed September 3, 2014.

Skin abscesses, furuncles, and carbuncles. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: Updated August 12, 2014. Accessed September 3, 2014.


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