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A 28-year-old member asked:

what are the consequences of developing breast abscess?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Scarring, maybe: Usually abscesses can be drained and treated with antibiotics. If successfully they may leave some minimal scarring, but this will depend upon the size and location of the abscess.
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Blood infection: Sepsis or systemic blood infection can occur readily in breast abscesses due to the proximity to major blood vessels and the thoracic duct in the chest. If treated, there can also be cosmetic scarring and breast deformity. Breast infections/abscesses are more common in breast feeding new mothers who delay treatment of "mastitis".

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What is a breast abscess?

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Dr. Michael Zadeh
General Surgery 17 years experience
Localized Infection: A breast abscess is a localized collection of pus in the breast tissue. Breast abscesses develop as a result of infection of the breast tissue which can occur due to several causes. Treatment involves incision and drainage of the breast abscess.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Can I pick a breast abscess myself?

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Dr. Rafael Lugo
General Surgery 28 years experience
Never: I would never recommend this. An easily treatable problem can be turned into a comes problem.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What breast abscess is drained?

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Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 27 years experience
All: Undrained pus will allow the abcess to get bigger, more painful, and take longer to heal. See your surgeon.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Can I pop a breast abscess?

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Dr. Lee Pederson
General Surgery 27 years experience
Would not: Best treatment is adequate surgical drainage. If the opening is too small, the abscess can come back. Best to see your surgeon.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Possible breast abscess. How to tell?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Red, tender lump: A breast abscess will manifest itself as a hot, red, tender lump in the breast +/- fever; eventually, the entire breast can become swollen &red. Treatment is centered on antibiotics and abscess drainage, either thru (repeated) needle aspiration, or even surgical drainage if aspiration is unsuccessful. Please see your gyne or primary care dr. Today.

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