Carbuncles are treated with oral and topical antibiotics and hot compresses or plasters. These may relieve the pain by causing the pus-filled heads to burst; if this occurs, the carbuncle should be covered with a dressing until it has healed completely. Once the inflammation has been controlled, the lesion may be cut and drained. The cavity may then need packing with a petroleum jelly or io-doform dressing.

In some cases, draining is not necessary if a 10-day course of antibiotics and topical antibiotics cures the infection.

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