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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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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

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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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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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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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Can you get breast abscess from having sucking on your breast?

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

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Does smoking affect a breast abscess woundw?

Does smoking  affect a breast  abscess woundw?

Yes: Smoking interferes with wound healing. The healing is delayed, suboptimal, and may never finish due to a multitude of direct and indirect adverse effects of tobacco use. ...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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How long does breast aches associated with breast abscess last?

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

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How long does breast lumpiness associated with breast abscess last?

How long does breast lumpiness associated with breast abscess last?

4-6 weeks: Once the abscess is treated (drainage and antibiotics), there can be residual lumpiness that is inflammed tissue. This can take at least 4-6 weeks to resolve and feel like "normal" lumpy breast tissue. ...Read more

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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

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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?

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

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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

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