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A 27-year-old member asked:

what symptoms typically go along with breast abscess?

3 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Pain and swelling: A breast abscess will usually cause significant pain, fever, erythema, swelling, induration, and a mass in the affected breast. Treatment is surgical drainage and antibiotics.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen commented
General Surgery 34 years experience
Actually, nowadays we prefer to avoid surgical drainage if possible. An alternate is to perform repeat aspirations via ultrasound guidance.
Mar 7, 2012
Dr. Miguel Cano
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Fever, pain, & drain: A breast abscess is best treated with incision & drainage. Antibiotics are usually given and packing of some kind with dressing changes are started. If not treated - fevers, chills, redness, swelling, & pain are the usual symptoms until drainage occurs; if no drainage, you can get septic, end up admitted to the hospital or worse-case scenario - in the icu. Don't wait, get checked.
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Red, painful lump.: Breast abscesses usually cause a red, swollen, tender lump. Associated symptoms may include fever, malaise, and lethargy. While more common when breastfeeding, they can occur at any age. The cornerstone of therapy includes antibiotics and drainage, which may be done via needle aspiration or surgical "i and d", depending on the severity of the infection.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What is a breast abscess?

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Dr. Michael Zadeh
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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
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Never: I would never recommend this. An easily treatable problem can be turned into a comes problem.
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What breast abscess is drained?

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Dr. Lee Pederson
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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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