Treatments for Folliculitis Boils and Carbuncles in Children

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Your child's treatment may include:

  • topical antibiotics (for folliculitis)
  • oral or intravenous (IV) antibiotics (to treat the infection)
  • possible removal of the boils and carbuncles

For carbuncles and boils, a warm compress may also be used to help promote drainage of the lesion.

Carbuncles heal more slowly than a single boil. Keeping the skin clean helps to prevent these conditions from occurring.

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