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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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Hi I am 19 and I woke up the other morning with a sour red lump on the side of my Brest and today it has poped but now it seams to be getting bigger and it hurts even more I don't know what to do I am to embarrassed to go to my doctor





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I am 18 years old I had 3 lumps in my boob went to breast clinic turns out they where abscesses I was getting a biopsy done because they didn't no at first what it was while I was getting that done they busted the abcess now it's like the pain is spreading up my chest and into my arm and making it feel dead it's hurts to pick up my daughter anyone no what it could be?





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I have a hard lump under my right breast which is causing a lot of pain there then was a hole appear I squeezed it and like tons of green and white pus came out the hard lump is still there and its getting more painful any idea what this could be? I am only 18 and have never had a baby or been pregnant





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I have had a large hole appear in my breast.. leaking pus for two weeks. Doc just looked n said it will be ok.. my breast is very itchy and red despite 4000 mg of antibiotics for 10 days.. It feels worse





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I really need help im at my wits end iv had 3 lots of antibiotics and it goes down but comes back i dont have a gp atm and it was only a few weeks ago that i had the course im starting to worry what should i do thanks





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Wondering if anyone could help me for about a year now i have had small tiny black dots all over my breasts, i have tried everything to get rid of them but nothing seems to work, and they are really noticeable.





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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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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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