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Over The Counter Treatment For Breast Abscess
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am experiencing breast pain and hardness even after 1month of I&D for breast abscess..pus didn't stop..daily dressing done?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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