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The first step in treating furuncles is preventing their occurrence. Prevention includes maintaining good personal hygiene with frequent hand washing and washing the body with soap and water. Although furuncles can rupture and go away on their own in generally healthy people, it is a good idea to report any symptoms to your licensed health care provider. Large, multiple or recurring furuncles need prompt medical treatment. People with chronic diseases or conditions that lower resistance to infection should also seek prompt medical care if they develop any symptoms of a furuncle.
Furuncles are generally caused by a bacterial infection and are treated with antibiotics. General supportive treatment includes rest, increased fluids, and ensuring good nutrition. Applying a warm washcloth or warm compress or soaking the area in warm water every few hours helps to bring the furuncle to a head and heal as quickly as possible. Topical cleaners, topical antibiotics and pain medications may also be recommended.
In some cases, treatment of a furuncle may include lancing or incising the furuncle and draining the accumulated pus. This is called an incision and drainage (I and D).
Some of the possible treatments for Furuncles from various sources may include:
Review the treatment information pages for various causes of Furuncles:
More causes: not all possible causes for Furuncles are listed above; for a full list refer to causes of Furuncles.
Only your doctor can advise whether any of these treatments are appropriate for your specific medical situation. Always discuss all treatment options with your doctor before making a decision, including whether to start or discontinue any treatment plan.
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