Skip to main content

Condition

Pediatric Folliculitis, Furuncles (Boils) and Carbuncles

Key Points About Folliculitis, Furuncles and Carbuncles in Children

  • Folliculitis, furuncles (or boils) and carbuncles are skin infections caused by bacteria.
  • Any child can get these infections. A child with diabetes or weak immune systems is more at risk.
  • Folliculitis and mild furuncles may go away with no treatment.
  • Moderate to severe furuncles and carbuncles are treated with incision and drainage. They are also often treated with antibiotic medicine.

Appointments

Our team is standing by to schedule your child’s appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are folliculitis, furuncles and carbuncles?

What are the causes of folliculitis, furuncles and carbuncles in children?

Who is at risk for folliculitis, furuncles and carbuncles in children?

What are the symptoms of folliculitis, furuncles and carbuncles in a child?

How are folliculitis, furuncles and carbuncles diagnosed in children?

How are folliculitis, furuncles and carbuncles treated in children?

What can I do to prevent folliculitis, furuncles and carbuncles in my child?

What are possible complications of folliculitis, furuncles and carbuncles in children?

When should I call my child's healthcare provider?

little girl outside

Dermatology Treatment at Children's National Hospital

The pediatric specialists at Children's National Hospital have the expertise to diagnose, treat and manage conditions of the skin, nails and hair common in infant and younger patients. Discover more about the treatments we offer.

little girl outside
Girl Smiling and Clapping

Help Kids and Make a Difference

Invest in future cures for some of life's most devastating diseases. Give today to help more children grow up stronger.

Girl Smiling and Clapping

PATIENT STORY

Xavion's Story

Meet the Providers Who Treat Folliculitis, Furuncles (Boils) and Carbuncles

    Departments that Treat Folliculitis, Furuncles (Boils) and Carbuncles

    A girl in pink dress playing outside.

    Dermatology

    The Division of Dermatology at Children's National Hospital continues to expand services as more families seek our expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the skin, hair and nails.