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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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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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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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i am 32 years in age got boil on my right nipple,





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Hi, I am 30 years old, I had benign tumor in my breast had surgery in 2006. I have a small lump in my breast now and it's very painful I really worry about it. However, I am worry if implant contraception could affect that because I am fitted one three month ago and don't have regular period since then. Thanks.





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Im quite worried I have little pin holes on both my brEast why am I having this I start to panic when I see them





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I'm 17 and for a few years I've had lumps under my boobs that are painful and I can squeeze yellow puss out of then blood and they scar so I have scars it also happens on my inner thighs and someone times under arms at the At the moment I'm suffering with like dry skin which almost looks like a burn all on the right side of my right Breast but it's not flaking off it's worrying me but doctors are full till Monday so I came on here





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I have 2 lumps on my boob that are worrying me a bit, they are both swollen/ inflamed and red but with a sort of crator in the showing raw skin. They started out as pus spots that were slightly bigger than usual but i went ahead and popped them. A long yellow strand, almost resembleing a black head came out along with some pus, this revealed a hole in my boob, and this is how it is now. Ive had it for a couple of weeks and they are still pussy and wont heal, however they also have a form of spongey white stand in them that is a bit like a splinter but is attached to the inside of my boob. Does anyone know what this is, what the white things are or what I should do know, I really dont know what to do. Thanks for any advice given in advance.





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Do not worry dear.apply a lot of moisturizing lotion and do not touch it.do not wear a bra.it will be just fine.:-D

A couple days ago i had a nice sized lump under my right breast it was painful to the touch and after two days a great amount of pus started coming out of it. Now that area of my breast is red kind of sensitive to touch and looks like the skin was scrapped or rubbed off with three little white spots... I put a band aid on it and cholked it up to the fact that i have sensitive skin and my bra might have rubbed up against it but if that was the case it would have happened to both breasts and not just one right ?!?! Should i get checked out ?!





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Hiya I'm 18 and my babys 10 months old and a lump has has appeared on my areola and its really sore and red however I can see white underneath and its smooth and round it doesn't actually hurt when I touch it it is when I feel underneath of it .My grandad died of cancer and my nan and several of my auntys I'm really scared does anyone no what hell I can do and I really don't want to go the docs cause my boobs are tiny !!!





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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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