(Science: dermatology) a Staphylococcal skin infection which involves a hair follicle, often referred to as a boil or a furuncle. A group of boils is known as a carbuncle.
symptoms and findings include a tender pea-sized (or larger), red nodule, may ooze pus or weep.
treatment includes warm, wet compresses several times a day. Oral or topical antibiotics may be indicated in some cases.