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Breast Abscess

Breast abcesses can be painful

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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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I'm 25 years old my lo is 6 month I had a very large abcess inside the boob I've had it drained it's clearing up but now I have a deepish cut that looks like a gash it keeps scanning over then reopens again what is it ? I'm very concernd now just waiting for an appointment at te doctors x





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I've had an abcess inside my boob for a couple of weeks had an ultra sound and drained with needles and now it's leaking itself wich is ok but my skin is peeling around my nipple and I have to parts were it's black and blue not sure if it's bruising is this okay ?





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OK all I had an ultra sound done today because it had been getting bigger and nothing was coming out of it I have a follow up on the 8th I will let u all know how it goes they think its nothing but me n my mother don't believe them so she is coming with me.





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Hi my mum as had a nipper cyst for about 3 years it does not seem to be getting any better it bleeds and weeps





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I hav had an abses more then once now and they kill like hell. All the docs do is giv me tablets witch don't get rid of it then it pops and they say it's gone. Been for a scan and got told it will clear by itself. Now Iv got it again and I'm in so much pain I wanna cry. How can I sort the pain out. Thanks stacey





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I have a large lump on my right breast for 9 weeks now it has been very sore and rest of my breast is swelling iv been for a ultrasound and they put needle in and took a sample I haven't heard anything back yet what could it be





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I have a white little bump on my nipple and around it is red it kind of looks like blood the white bump is hard and pushed outward sometimes when its flat it just looks like a white circle on my nipple its sore when i touch it or my bra rubs it i just had a baby 3 months ago but dont breast feed and just noticed it a month ago i was wondering what it could be?





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Hi I have an absess in my breast getting worse I have an op on Monday to remove bit it's filling with puss and now it's filling with blood and going blue and shiny should I be worried. Abi





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Hell yeah

Hi I have an absess on my breast and it's filling with blood???





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hiya i have been suffering with cysts and lumps in my breast for 11 years now and they are getting more painful and their growing in size and numbers, i have been told by the hospital that they can not remove them as their benign cysts among lumpy tissue, is this true? as i find it really harsh as i am in pain every day and unable to work because of this....





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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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