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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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Hello. I am 23 years old I have and a child and I have breast Fed but now I have a lump on each breast on the areola and when I squeeze them white squiggles (string like) materi comes out...I also woke up this morning to a really sore nipple I just looked at it. It's a huge bump on the tip of my nipple can u please help...I have no insurance to check it out.





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Hi after having my 2nd son 3 years ago I have had recurring abscesses on my breasts and more recently at base of spine, I have had them drained and cut out but keep recurring, antibiotics only seems to calm them down not take them away





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Can I put epsom salt to get rid it on a warm compress this is a abscess under my breast





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My boyfriend has two little lumps under each nipple the both move around, what could this be?





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I have a lump in my breast and it has moved to under my nipple it proper sore about 2 years ago I had a abscess and I'm worried now can u please help me.





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Hi I'm 23years old and I'm having problems with my breasts they sagging and the there seems to be fat around the nipple sometimes it's there and then other times it looks normal. When I rub them they seem to go back to normal. I've had a weight problem I've been skinny since I was small and I recently lost a lot of weight I don't know if that has anything to do with it. Please help me





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Hey, I'm 15 year old girl and I went to my doctor complaining about breast pain. Turns out i have an abscess she put me on tablets but do i need it to get drained out?? If i do will i feel the needle? And will the abcess make breast cancer common for me?





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I'm pregnant with my first, only on week 16. I think I started lactating but not sure. Right below the nipple I have this small bump. It's a little bigger then the other bumps around my nipple. It hurts so bad and just today it popped and pus came out. What do I do?





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one of my friend had some boil on her breast and it contain water. after certain time it gets dried and disappear. it happens to her frequently.when boil comes on her breast near by nipple it pains a lot in her nipple (according to her ). why it is happening to her and what is solution of the problem ? any risk is there or nor ?





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For the past few days 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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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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