Testing & Diagnosis for Folliculitis Boils and Carbuncles in Children

Tests

How are folliculitis, boils, and carbuncles diagnosed?

Diagnosis of folliculitis, boils, and carbuncles are made by your child's physician after a thorough medical history and physical examination. After examining the lesions, your child's physician may culture the wounds by obtaining a sample of the wound drainage, allowing it to grow in the laboratory and identifying specific bacteria. This will help verify the diagnosis and help in selecting the best treatment.