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What is the treatment for a breast abscess?

What is the treatment for a breast abscess?

Antibiotics & drain: Treat the infection with antibiotics and perform surgical incision procedure to drain out the infection if it is large enough. ...Read more

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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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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My wife, 27,non-lactating, has been facing recurring breast abscess (pus oozes from the skin) on her left breast since last year. Suggest treatment.

My wife, 27,non-lactating, has been facing recurring breast abscess (pus oozes from the skin) on her left breast since last year. Suggest treatment.

May require drainage: You usually start with antibiotics. Ask your doctor to do gram stain, culture and antibiotic sensitivity before she starts antibiotics. However, if this had been recurrent, it might had formed a fistula, than it needs to be drained surgically ...Read more

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Which treatments for breast abscess are most cost-effective?

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

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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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What is the best way to get rid of a breast abscess?

What is the best way to get rid of a breast abscess?

ABX,Aspiration,I & D: 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. ...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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Has anyone ever treated a breast abscess?

Has anyone ever treated a breast abscess?

Yes: The treatment involves drainage of the abscess (with a needle or a surgical incision) and antibiotics. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Breast abscess?

What is the definition or description of: Breast abscess?

Breast abscess: Breast abscess = a collection of pus in the breast which is usually caused by a bacterial infection. ...Read more

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Breast abscess, lactation question. Any experts here?

Breast abscess, lactation question. Any experts here?

I can help...: ...But i need to know the specific question. If you are asking if you can breast-feed with a breast abscess, the answer is yes. Breast abscesses are best managed with antibiotics and repeated aspiration as needed until they resolve. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Is it common for teenage girls to develop a breast abscess?

Is it common for teenage girls to develop a breast abscess?

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

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How do I know it is a breast abscess or mastitis?

How do I know it is a breast abscess or mastitis?

Need MD Evaluation: Common features of breast abscesses & mastitis include swelling and redness of the breast; however, an abscess is often associated with a new, tender, progressively-enlarging lump. The distinction may be subtle, requiring surgical evaluation +/- ultrasound. ...Read more

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How long does fever associated with breast abscess last?

If treated....: If your abscess is treated appropriately with drainage and antibiotics, the fever should resolve within 48-72 hours. If the fever persists, then contact your surgeon, the abscess may not have been completely drained (can happen with a complex abscess) or you may need a different antibiotic. ...Read more

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What can I expect when getting blood draining from breast abscess?

What can I expect when getting blood draining from breast abscess?

Call ur surgeon : Small drainage is normal but depends on how long ago the surgery was. Call ur surgeon/doctor to discuss further. ...Read more

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How many days does it take to get blood culture results of a breast abscess?

Varirs: Ideally the result of a culture would come back in a couple days. In reality the full culture and antibiotic sensitivity may take 5-7 days to come back. Blood cultures results may take longer than direct abscess fluid culture from the breast itself too. ...Read more

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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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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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Dr. Regina Hampton
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Breast Abscess (Definition)

An infection of the breast that causes a painful collection of bacteria and pus in the skin or soft ...Read more