Carbuncles: Symptoms, Risk Factors, Treatments and Preventive Measures of Skin Abscesses

Carbuncles are painful skin abscesses that are larger than boils. A boil may have only one opening in the skin through which pus is released, while a carbuncle may have multiple openings through which pus flows. You can think of a carbuncle as a collection of several boils.

Infection is usually caused by staph, but other types of bacteria, viruses, or parasites can cause the infection. Staph infections are highly contagious and this is something anyone with a family should remember. It is possible to transmit the infection to another member of your family.

What Increases Your Carb Risk?

An existing health issue like diabetes will make you more susceptible to all kinds of infections as your immune system is weaker. Other than that, any excessive friction on the skin surface can damage the skin enough to allow bacteria to enter the pores and cause painful infection. Friction from shaving and clothing are examples of things to watch out for.

What Reduces Your Risk?

Using a good shaving lubricant and a natural antibacterial cleanser can reduce your risk. Antibacterial cleaners containing triclosan can actually contribute to stronger bacteria that are resistant to antibiotic therapy and cause more serious infections.

A good natural antibacterial ingredient is Active Manuka Honey. Men who shave their faces should use a facial wash containing witch hazel as an aftershave, rather than the more popular alcohol-based aftershaves. Alcohol can contribute to irritation and inflammation. Witch hazel is a soothing astringent.

How to Treat Existing Carbuncles?

In order for the carbuncle to heal, it must first be emptied. Drainage typically starts on its own within two weeks. You should see your doctor if:

• The situation did not improve after two weeks

• The abscess is located on your spine or in the middle of your face.

• You have fever

You should apply a warm, damp washcloth to the area several times a day to promote healing and drainage. Do not squeeze or try to cut. You can cause the infection to spread.

Gently wash the area with warm water at least once a day. Dry the area and apply a good body lotion. I recommend Active Body Lotion to promote healing and reduce the risk of recurring carbuncles.

Why Does Natural Active Body Lotion Work?

A Good Body Lotion contains high concentrations of natural ingredients with proven medicinal activity.

Ingredients and benefits include:

• Vitamin B5-helps repair skin tissue

• Active Manuka Honey-helps to heal infection due to its antibacterial activity

• Functional Keratin-reduces inflammation, redness, pain and swelling

• What are the Benefits of Continuous Use?

If you continue to use Active Body Lotion daily, you are less likely to have carbuncles due to the activity of manuka honey and functional keratin.

Your skin will be softer, smoother and healthier. You will see the old scars and stretch marks disappear. Your skin will look younger, possibly younger than it has in years.

• Additional Recommendations

Because carbuncles are contagious, clothing and bedding should be washed with bleach to help kill the staph bacteria. Surfaces should be washed regularly with bleach, alcohol or essential oil effusion. Staph can live on surfaces for several weeks.

You should take a good multi-nutrient supplement and an omega-3 fish oil supplement daily to strengthen your immune system. I recommend Total Balance supplements because they contain more than your essential vitamins and minerals. They contain a wide variety of natural anti-inflammatories and immune system boosters.

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