Breast Infection

Breast Abscess

A breast abscess is a painful, pus-filled lump under the skin of the breast. Breast abscesses can be a complication of mastitis, which is an infection of the breast. These lumps are more common among females who are lactating.

If an abscess is not drained, it may continue to become larger and fill with pus until it bursts, which can be very painful. If an abscess is allowed to burst and drain pus on its own, there is also a risk that it will not drain properly, causing the abscess to come back or the infection to spread.
  • Symptoms
  • Skin rash and redness

    • In one breast

    • In both breasts

    common

    Breast sore to the touch

    • One breast

    common

    Breast pain

    • One breast

    common

    Breast swelling

    • One breast

    • Movable, compressible and feels like there is a liquid inside

    common

    Feeling of heat in the breast

    • One breast

    common

    Fever

    • With chills

    • Greater than or equal to 38°C (100.4°F), Less than 38°C (100. 4°F)

    common

    Unsuccessful breastfeeding

    • In the first 6 weeks after giving birth

    common

    Fatigue

    common

    Breast mass

    • One breast

    • Fluctuance

    or Hard breast

    Enlarged or swollen lymph nodes

    • Under the armpits

    Release of fluid from the nipple

    or Newly inverted nipple

    Rapid heart rate

  • Risk factors
  • Smoking

    Diabetes mellitus

  • Treatment
  • The traditional management of breast abscess involves incision and drainage of pus along with antistaphylococcal antibiotics, but this is associated with prolonged healing time, regular dressings, difficulty in breastfeeding, and the possibility of milk fistula, and unsatisfactory cosmetic outcome.
  • Recommended specialist
  • If you have Breast Infection, then visit a breast surgeon as soon as possible.

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