Boils/Abscesses/Carbuncles

What Causes Boils/Abscesses/Carbuncles?

Boils/abscesses/carbuncles can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'needs attention' 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 three possibilities:
  • Weakened Immune System
  • Diabetes II
  • Chronic Renal Insufficiency

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:
tonsils/adenoids out before age 20
high diastolic blood pressure
history of cysts in breasts
slow recovery from colds/flu
frequent bizarre dreams
microcytic red cells
severe vision disturbances
chronic renal insufficiency
frequent unexplained vomiting
mood swings
yellow/yellowish fingernails
being very skinny
... 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
Weakened Immune System 93% Confirm
Chronic Renal Insufficiency 18% Unlikely
Diabetes II 5% 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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