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Dr. Regina Hampton
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Breast Abscess (Overview)

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


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Describe the features of a breast abscess.?

Describe the features of a breast abscess.?

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

Dr. Regina Hampton
94 doctors shared insights

Breast Abscess (Overview)

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


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What symptoms typically go along with breast abscess?

What symptoms typically go along with breast abscess?

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. ...Read more

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Treating a Skin Abscess (Checklist)

Clean the abscess thoroughly
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If the abscess is draining on its own, cover it and regularly change the dressing
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See your doctor if the abscess is not draining or has redness around it
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What are the symptoms of breast abscess?

What are the symptoms of breast abscess?

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

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What are the tests for breast abscess?

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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Treating a Tooth Abscess (Checklist)

See your dentist as soon as possible
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Have the tooth removed
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Go to the emergency room if swelling hinders breathing
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How to know that a breast abscess is recurring?

How to know that a breast abscess is recurring?

It depends: 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

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What causes breast abscesses?

What causes breast abscesses?

Skin Bacteria: Breast abscesses usually arise from normal skin bacteria traveling thru the nipple ducts & multiplying under the skin. This is most common in women who are breast feeding due to nipple trauma. When it occurs unrelated to lactation, we need to include breast cancer as a possible cause & do the appropriate tests. ...Read more

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Diagnosing Breast Lumps (Checklist)

Do a breast self exam after your period ends
monthly
Check daily in shower after soaping up
daily
Learn the architecture of your breasts by repetition
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Observe skin around nipples
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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's the most natural treatment for breast abscess?

Surgical drainage: Once the abscess is surgically drained, resolution with antibiotics occurs more rapidly. ...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 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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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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If a man sucked his girlfriends breasts could she get a breast abscess?.

Unlikely: So long he did not bite hard and caused injury/laceration which got infected and caused abscess. ...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: The 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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What are the symptoms of breast abscess?

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

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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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Describe the features of a breast abscess.?

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

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How to know that a breast abscess is recurring?

It depends: 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

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What symptoms typically go along with breast abscess?

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. ...Read more

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Will breast abscess stop me from going on my vacation?

Will breast abscess stop me from going on my vacation?

Maybe: If you are having fever, aches and chills you should not be travelling but should see your doctor. If you have already been drained with a needle or tiny incision and are feeling well [or nusing and getting better] discuss with your doc but likely you can still go. ...Read more

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Might have a breast abscess -- what does one look like?

Might have a breast abscess -- what does one look like?

Breast Infection : 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

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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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Breast abscess, what can I expect to see if I have one?

Breast abscess, what can I expect to see if I have one?

Extreme pain: Fever, mass, and redness of overlying skin. If you have a developing infection, you need to take antibiotics. If you have established abscess, you will probably need aspiration or even surgical drainage. Consult a surgeon. ...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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Can you get breast abscess from having your partner suck?

Hmmmmm: You may cause trauma to the breast tissue which may cause it to get inflame and may develop associate infection which may turn into abscess. Notice there are much may in this scenario. ...Read more

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
2,523 doctors shared insights

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