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Breast Abscess

Breast abcesses can be painful

Similar to abscesses that form in other areas of the body, a breast abscess can be very painful. They mainly affect women aged 18-50 and are common among those who are breastfeeding, as the nipples can become cracked, allowing bacteria to enter that can cause infection. The inflammation of the breast tissue – called mastitis – is the first stage in the development of an abscess, which has symptoms such as redness, tenderness, and painful localised swelling of the affected breast, which may also feel hot. The infection targets the fatty tissue of the breast, causing swelling just outside the milk ducts, which leads to more discomfort, such as itching, breast lump, green or pus-like nipple discharge, as well as the enlargement of the affected breast. Small abscesses can be drained with a syringe, but larger ones will require a small incision under local anaesthetic. Early treatment and a course of oral antibiotics is the best way to prevent an abscess from developing.

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Im 15 and I have a blood boil on my right nipple.





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Im 18, and over a year ago i went to the docs with an itchy rash on both breast i was very concerned about it as i had never experienced anything like it before.. My doc told me i had an allergy to the clothes detergent and gave me some creams.. It cleard up for a few days and then it got worse, i went back to the docs who then inforned me of an infection and perscribed sone more creams.. Again it cleard for a few days.. Now its worse then ever.. Red rash, itchy, constantly leaking, sticking to clothes.. Breasts feel lumpy and im very concerned.. Im doubting my doctors experience.. What else can i do??





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Hi, I'm 15 and for almost a year now I got somekind like a cracked nipple on both side and they got dry dark yellow-ish pus on it, and the nipples are usually inside the breast but when I take a shower or its cold they harden and show up. I'm worried if it some kind of a serious infection





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Hi, I have a 7 month old baby and was until recently, solely expressing using a pump to feed him. I found a small hard red lump which leaked pus just outside of nipple and went to drs who said it was an abscess , it reduced in size but then came back in January , this time I was given steroid cream. Again it reduced in size. 2 weeks ago I went to the emergency drs with it was given further antibiotics. It has dried up however I'm now left with a small hard lump, could this be scar tissue? I'm worried that maybe its actually breast cancer but surely after seeing three different doctors they couldn't all be wrong?





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Im 16 and got my right nipple pierced back in november , I have a lump under the skin at my nipple and nothing comes out of it if I try squeeze it but I think its getting bigger and hurts when I put any pressure on it what should I do ? Or could someone tell me what It could be ?





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Hi this is more for anyone that has a lump in the breast I was 18yrs old and just had my first son I gained a lump which I was worried about but didn't want to go docs but in end I went because my nipple went inverted and my breast swelled to like a tennis ball because of the lump it turned out to be an abbesse which I had to be cut open on the ward at my local hospital because it was ready for popping and they took about 5x10ml syringe's of yellow stuff from my breast which they made an incision on it was horrifying so please make sure you do go with and lumps as I suffer with abbesses now and I would not like to here anyone going throw what I went throw many thanks for reading if u would like more info please feel free to ask :D





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Did your open wound heel? An how long it take to heel?

For the past month I've been leaking what seems to look like milky discharge from both breast. I've taken a pregnancy test and its come back negative. I've never had a child to have breastfed to even produce milk. Is there any other reason why this is happening? I'm 20years old, female.





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I'm recently 21, and for the past week my left breast I've had a portion of it become irritated, red almost like a bruise and hurts to touch. Today I now have this not huge but small open wound that leaks puss. Not sure what it is and I've done all I can to clean it up and cover with gauze. This is the first time this has happened to me. Help please





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Hi, this sounds like a abscess, I currently have one and am Currently having it treated. Just to be safe, go to your gp and explain, they will put you on antibiotics to help your body fight the infection. It's common in young woman and is treatable. Hope you get it sorted soon.

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after 3 weeks of removing the breast abscess i was changing the dressing regularly and I went to make a checkup but the doctor found a greenish layer on the top of the wound and below the place it was still not healed and still like a big cavity....any explanation for this??





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Hi why are my breasts tender for three weeks out of four. The only time they are not tenders during the week of my monthly peroid. Why is this. I am 46years old.





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An abscess is a pus-filled hollow space that can appear on the skin or inside the body. Most abscesses form just under the skin, and are the result of a bacterial infection. The infection causes the immune system to activate white blood cells and chemicals to fight the bacteria. Read More »

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