THIS is like a boil, only much larger and more painful. Instead of one of the little cellular elevations being inflamed, as in the case of the boil, the carbuncle begins with the inflammation of several. Its surface is more flat than that of a boil; its inflammation more violent; and the constitutional symptoms excited more severe. It has the breadth, sometimes, of the top of a quart bowl. Like the boil, it appears most often upon the neck, the shoulders, the back, the buttocks, the thighs, etc. It goes through the same process as a boil, and ends in the same way, only discharging a vastly larger core.
Carbuncles most often appear in persons above middle age, and indicate an impaired and broken constitution. They occasion great suffering, and sometimes prove fatal. Upon the head or neck, they are more dangerous than in other situations. They are now considered to be of bacterial origin.
Treatment. Apply, constantly, during the formation of the carbuncle, either fomentations and poultices, or cold water dressing. I prefer the latter. To stop both the local and the constitutional disorder, make two incisions in the form of a cross, cutting entirely through the dead mass. Then apply a fermenting poultice, or one of oatmeal, for two or three days, after which use the basilicon salve, or apply daily a weak solution of lunar caustic, or the nitric acid lotion (314). During recovery, tonics are useful, such as quinine, tincture of peruvian bark. Immediately on formation of carbuncle take Succus Alterans (Lilly), and continue three months. It will purify the blood and prevent another forming.
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