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Boils (furuncles) are generally caused by an infection of the hair follicles by Staphylococcus aureus or Staphylococcus epidermidis.
Common causes of boils include:
- Staphylococcus aureus is the most common cause of furunculosis.
- Colonization of Staphylococcus aureus in the anterior nares and in the warm, moist skin folds such as behind ears, under pendulous breasts and in the groin plays a definitive role in the etiology of chronic or recurrent furunculosis.
- Infection with Methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with furunculosis.
Other bacterial causes:
- Streptococcus epidermidis
- Streptococcus pyogenes
- Pseudomonas Aeruginosa
- Pityrosporum species
- Ingrown hair
- Blocked glands
- ↑ MedlinePlus https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/001474.htm August 1,2016 Accessed on August 10,2016
- ↑ Le Bozec P (1996). "[Follicular staphylococcal infections]". Rev Prat. 46 (13): 1599–602. PMID 8949489.
- ↑ Venniyil PV, Ganguly S, Kuruvila S, Devi S (2016). "A study of community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in patients with pyoderma". Indian Dermatol Online J. 7 (3): 159–63. doi:10.4103/2229-5178.182373. PMC 4886585. PMID 27294048.