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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

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Abscess (Definition)

Abscess is a condition in which a person has an infection in a part of his body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by his white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) where the infection is. Abscesses can be very small like an acne pustule, or they can be ...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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What are the consequences of developing breast abscess?

What are the consequences of developing breast abscess?

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". ...Read more

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What breast abscess is drained?

What breast abscess is drained?

All: Undrained pus will allow the abcess to get bigger, more painful, and take longer to heal. See your surgeon. ...Read more

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If you're boyfriend gives you oral sex on your breasts could that give you an abscess?

If you're boyfriend gives you oral sex on your breasts could that give you an abscess?

Unlikely: It is very unlikely that saliva would lead to a skin infection. But, if he caused trauma or a break in the skin then we could begin to blame that experience for the infection. ...Read more

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What is a breast abscess?

What is a breast abscess?

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. ...Read more

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Can I pop a breast abscess?

Would not: Best treatment is adequate surgical drainage. If the opening is too small, the abscess can come back. Best to see your surgeon. ...Read more

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Can I pick a breast abscess myself?

No: See your physician as soon as possible , first you need diagnosis, is it a simple abscess or tumor, you don't want to introduce lethal infections. ...Read more

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Possible breast abscess. How to tell?

Possible breast abscess. How to tell?

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

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What are the tests for breast abscess?

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

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