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I have an abscess on breast for about two now it started draining on its own now its bleeding and very irritated. Is thus normal?

I have an abscess on breast for about two now it started draining on its own now its bleeding and very irritated. Is thus normal?

Abscess: Sounds like you have mastitis. Depending on your age, location of an abscess and if you are breastfeeding, different treatment options. If there's a cyst or abscess it should be fully excised, sometimes infection in the ducts may cause relapse. Get mammogram if you're over 35. Please see you doctor, or plastics or breast surgeon soon ...Read more

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Abscess (Definition)

Occurs when one has an infection in a part of their body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) ...Read more


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I had surgery to remove deep abscess on breast, surgeon removed a golfsize amount and has ordered to irrigate wl/hydrogen poraxide, is that safe?

I had surgery to remove deep abscess on breast, surgeon removed a golfsize amount and has ordered to irrigate wl/hydrogen poraxide, is that safe?

Safe, yes. Benefit??: Hydrogen peroxide has been a popular solution for treating wounds due to its purported antimicrobial effects and it's bubbling action, which may help debride a wound. Unfortunately, studies have not supported the antimicrobial effect and it may actually slow down healing. Regardless, it is safe and I am certain that your surgeon has had success with this technique. ...Read more

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What are causes of a large abscess in my breast?

What are causes of a large abscess in my breast?

Breast feeding: A breast abscess usually follows mastitis which occurs in 10% of nursing mothers ususlly in the early weeks of breast feeding. It is usually caused by the bacteria staphylococcus aureus. It requires incision and drainage with appropriate antibiotic treatment based on culture of the pus. ...Read more

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I got a abscess on my breast should I put hot water so it can pop?

Instead: Try hot compresses. Take a face cloth and soak it in warm water, be careful, that it's not too hot, otherwise you suffer a burn. Let it sit over the culprit area for 5-10 minutes every couple of hours. But to be honest, if this is a large abscess, as in bigger than 1 cm, I would encourage you to seek help from a doctor. Also if you are having fevers, or redness around the wound, seek help too. ...Read more

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What could cause an abscess on the breast if you're not breast feeding?

What could cause an abscess on the breast if you're not breast feeding?

Many possibilities: Breaks in skin, however minor, can cause infection in that area. Sometimes it may be the result of blocked ducts, but rarely this is a manifestation of infection elsewhere extending through the bloodstream. If an echocardiogram has been ordered, your doctor is thinking systemic disease spreading. Endocarditis (heart valve infection) is where they are going. Follow up assiduously and get better. ...Read more

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I had an abscess on my breast and it has been 14 days since it drained, I have hard tissue, skin is still pink scared it maybe inflamatorybreastcance?

I had an abscess on my breast and it has been 14 days since it drained, I have hard tissue, skin is still pink scared it maybe inflamatorybreastcance?

Age and Biopsy: Inflammatory breast cancer may appear like an infected breast but not typically produce pus to drain. Missing from your presentation is your age. The older you are, the more serious you need to follow this up with the surgeon who drained your abscess. Judging from your picture, if that's you, this is unlikely breast cancer. Ask your surgeon if a biopsy was done. It's not always necessary. ...Read more

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Will doctors perform a breast reduction with an abscess underneath the breast?

Will doctors perform a breast reduction with an abscess underneath the breast?

No: Elective breast surgery would not be performed in the setting of an abscess. If this was an old abscess that was completely resolved, I would recommend waiting 6 months since resolution before proceeding with breast reduction ...Read more

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Should I expect a surgeon who wants to incise an abscessed breast duct on me to be familiar with the term "zuska's disease"?

Fistula/abscess: Some may be familiar with the term, as this is a term used because it was characterized by a man named joseph zuska in 1951. More commonly the condition is referred to as a fistula or concomitant abscess around the nipple. Not knowing the name zuska 's disease should not make you think any less of a surgeon. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How do you know the difference between a breast abscess and inflammatory breast cancer?

How do you know the difference between a breast abscess and inflammatory breast cancer?

Different: Breast abscess is an infection that is presented with a thin walled area with pus accumulation- caused by bacteria. While on the other hand, inflammatory breast cancer is a type of agressive breast cancer that involves the skin and soft tissue underneath- with clinical presentation that mimics inflammation process- swelling, redness and pain ...Read more

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For 2 years I had sin 1 result from Pap test, this year had an abscess in right breast removed now I have a lump in my left arm pit, is it cancer?

For 2 years I had sin 1 result from Pap test, this year had an abscess in right breast removed now I have a lump in my left arm pit, is it cancer?

I'll bet no: At your age, without anything to suggest serious bad disease in your cervix (this doesn't metastasize to armpit anyway), no lymphoma-type symptoms (fever / wt loss / sweats) or anything except an abscess in the breast (you're really young for breast cancer), I'd urge you to get a good physical exam and maybe a mammogram to decide whether to even pursue the possibility of a this being tumor. ...Read more

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Fibroadenoma or breast cancer - symptoms weight loss, itchy breast, abscess, breast pain fatigue?

Fibroadenoma or breast cancer - symptoms weight loss, itchy breast, abscess, breast pain fatigue?

Breast cancer: Most breast cancers present as a painless lump within the breast. Your description of itchy painful breast would be an unusual presentation. Some advanced cases can present with skin involvement that can look like orange peel with redness. See you doctor for an exam, probably time for a mammogram as well. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Low vitamin d, CIN 1, lump in armpit, fatigue, weight loss, Breast pain and recently had an abscess removed from Breast near nipple, cause?

Low vitamin d, CIN 1, lump in armpit, fatigue, weight loss, Breast pain and recently had an abscess removed from Breast near nipple, cause?

See MD: You should see the same MD who removed the abscess and if the lump in your armpit is on the same side as the abscess, this would make sense, because the lymphatics drain that area toward the armpit on the same side. You should see the doctor and may need antibiotics. ...Read more

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How to take care of open wound caused by abscess after incision under breast?

How to take care of open wound caused by abscess after incision under breast?

Sterile pressure: Dressing. 1 layer of Telfa (non adherent gauze covered by 2 layer of regular gauze- cut to size and held in place by paper tape. Consult surgeon re: any antibiotic ointment on the bottom layer closest to the wound. ...Read more

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I had an abscess on my left breast drained by surgery 3/4/14. It gets pack once a day by a nurse. Why does it take a six weeks to close and heal up?

I had an abscess on my left breast drained by surgery 3/4/14. It gets pack once a day by a nurse. Why does it take a six weeks to close and heal up?

Damaged tissue: You have an area of damaged tissue which has been removed surgically and still has inflammation around it and this takes time for tissue to regrow and to fill in. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a breast abscess to lead to breast cancer?

Is it possible for a breast abscess to lead to breast cancer?

No: Pure abscess is infection not cancer. However, a cancerous lump can have "dead" cells within it, because it is fast growing, overgrowing, so necrotic or dead tissue in it can have what looks like "pus". ...Read more

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I have an abscess in my right breast. Its been drained 5 times and surgically removed 3 times. And antibiotics. What can I do next. It still comes bac?

Abscess: More info would be helpful. Have you had augmentation and do you still have an implant if so. Have you been seen by an infectious diseases expert? Would do so if not. What was the causative organism, what drugs were used and for how long and by what route of administration. If these were predominantly oral that may be a problem. Rephrase the question. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have surgical drainage of the breast abscess done for both breasts if you've already had antibiotic therapy?

Is it normal to have surgical drainage of the breast abscess done for both breasts if you've already had antibiotic therapy?

To drain is best: Drainage of an abscess, either by aspirating the pus with a needle and syringe or draining the abscess with an incision is often required to resolve the infection. Antibiotics alone may not be sufficient, particularly if the breast remains red and tender and you have systemic signs of infection like fever or an elevated white blood count. ...Read more

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