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Breast Abscess Leaking Blood
Being treated for breast abscess. The incision is almost healed but when I pumped 2hrs ago I had big clot&lots of blood. Is this ok or is it serious?
Careful: Be careful of pumping your breast over and area that has been lanced by a scalpel / abscess pocket. I would hold off on pumping on that breast if you are drawing blood and blood clots and follow up early next week with your primary care physician to further evaluate. Hard to tell you what to do without seeing it in person. Be well. ...Read more
See your doc!: Any abscess needs to be properly treated to prevent serious complications. A breast abscess can be particularly dangerous because of its proximity to important things like your heart and lungs as well as potentially endangering your ability to lactate. See your doc right away! ...Read more
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. ...Read more
No, but it happens.: Breast abscesses can occur at any age, typically via normal skin bacteria entering a break in the skin or nipple. Rx centers on antibiotics and draining any pus, ideally via (repeated) aspirations rather than surgical drainage. Surgical evaluation is mandatory--it is best to treat this as early as possible. ...Read more
Antibiotics: Antibiotics with warm compresses are most cost effective, but an abscess, almost by definition, is difficult for antibiotics to penetrate and kill the bacteria. Therefore, you're almost always going to have to have the abscess surgically treated. That may mean draining it with a needle, but often requires surgically cutting out the abscess wall. ...Read more
Healing: Depends on factors of size of abscess, means of treatment such as an open wound, how long it takes to heal, if the infection tries to recur, any medical factors such as diabetes, etc. It may take several days to a few weeks. If it is not improving as you feel it should be, contact your doctor for an examination. ...Read more
18 years old female had a left breast abscess underwent drainage 1 yearr before now she got recurred again with similar symptoms?
Breast abscess: You may have dilated ducts or a chronic cyst. See a surgeon for ultrasound and treatment plan. Do not smoke, it maked the condition worse. ...Read more
I have a breast abscess it was large and painful but has gotten smaller. Should I still see a doctor? Can I die from it if it goes untreated?
Seek treatment: Not likely to cause death, although infection can get in the blood stream if left untreated so would seek medical treatment for medicine and excision as needed. I hope you feel better soon. ...Read more
Aspiration: The best way to diagnose a breast abscess is by physical examination supplemented by ultrasound. If a fluid-filled lump is present in the right setting for an abscess (redness, tenderness, swelling, etc), a needle can be inserted under local anesthesia with ultrasound guidance: drawing pus out is diagnostic (and, combined with antibiotics, may be all that's needed for rx). ...Read more
Pain & redness: An abscess typically has pain and redness of the skin. In some, there may be a buldge, fevers and chills. It is important to seek care from a breast specialist. Incision and drainage is usually the treatment along with antibiotics. If you think you have a problem, seek care from your physician immediately. ...Read more
Red-hot, painful lump: Common features of breast abscesses include swelling and redness of the breast associated with a new, tender, progressively-enlarging lump. While more common with lactation, abscesses can develop at any time in a woman's life. Traditional rx often involved surgery, however current techniques favor (repeated) aspiration and antibiotics. ...Read more
You are 20 years old the only reason for you to have a breast abscess if you are lactating now I assume you had abscess before you are concern about recurrences
if you start having any pain or redness in your breast or part of it feel feverish or if you are having fever or chills you might be having a recurrent abscess if that is the case you need to go to the ER or to your docotr ...Read more
Common w/breastfeed: Mastitis/breast abscess is a not uncommon during lactation/breastfeeding but uncommon otherwise. Milk stasis (incomplete emptying) provides a good substrate/food for bacteria. Common bacteria are from the skin (staph & strep). Paradoxically, breastfeeding is the best preventative for mastitis/abscess. Infants empty the breast better than any pump. A lactation consultant can aid this as well. ...Read more
See a surgeon: Unless related to preganncy (and in that case see your ob) most breast abscesses need drainage - sometimes with a needle, but often surgical. ...Read more