Boils/Abscesses/Carbuncles

What Causes Boils/Abscesses/Carbuncles?

Boils/abscesses/carbuncles can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'very minor' to 'generally fatal'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose boils/abscesses/carbuncles, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "boils/abscesses/carbuncles" as a symptom.  Here are four possibilities:
  • Diabetes II
  • Chronic Renal Insufficiency
  • Weakened Immune System
  • Calc Sulf Need

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
significant bitter taste in mouth
previous transplant surgery
mood swings
being very skinny
high systolic blood pressure
African ethnicity
frequent colds/flus
regular bizarre dreams
constant thirst
numb/burning/tingling extremities
severe calorie restriction
diabetes in family members
... and more than 40 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of boils/abscesses/carbuncles:
Cause Probability Status
Chronic Renal Insufficiency 99% Confirm
Weakened Immune System 25% Unlikely
Diabetes II 0% Ruled out
Calc Sulf Need 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Immune System Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about boils/abscesses/carbuncles:
Have you suffered from boils, abscesses or carbuncles?
Possible responses:
→ Never had one / don't know
→ Probably had one/minor episode(s) now resolved
→ Major episode(s) now resolved
→ Current minor/occasional problem
→ Current major/frequent problem
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either past boils/abscesses/carbuncles or boils/abscesses/carbuncles, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Chronic Renal Insufficiency

People with certain illnesses, including kidney failure, are more at risk of developing boils.

Diabetes Type II

People with certain illnesses, including diabetes, are more at risk of developing boils.

Weakened Immune System

Diseases that are associated with deficiencies in the normal immune system can increase the tendency to develop boils.

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