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You might be wondering what a breast abscess is. In simple words, a breast abscess is described as a pus building up in your body when you contract an infection. These types of abscesses are commonly found in women who just gave birth and are lactating.

Breast Abscess Surgery

A breast abscess surgery traditionally would entail making a cut on the abscess and draining the pus out. But with new technologies and methods, this surgical procedure is now considered as the last resort.

Types of Breast Abscesses

Puerperal abscesses
Do not let the jargon confuse you. In simple terms, this is a kind of abscess which occurs in 24 % of breastfeeding women. It usually happens 12 weeks after childbirth or when the mother starts breastfeeding the child. The infection that causes the abscess is caused by the bacteria - S. Aureus, which can get in through cuts and accumulate in the milk ducts.

Nonpuerperal abscesses
This kind of abscess happens to women who have stopped breastfeeding and usually occurs in two areas: center or peripheral regions of the breasts. Research shows that this type of abscess affects young women primarily.

Symptoms of Breast Abscesses

If you show the following symptoms, then you might have a breast abscess:

  • Breast pain
  • Formation of lumps around your breast
  • Fatigue or constantly feeling tired
  • Chills
  • Warmness or redness
  • Swelling and pus
  • Fever

Causes of Breast Abscesses

A bacterial infection causes breast abscesses in lactating women. The bacterias that cause these abscesses are attributed to two bacterias: Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcal species.

When to See a Doctor

In most cases, hot water bags or antibiotics take care of an abscess. But if you feel pain in your breast, pus, or blood in your breast milk or possibly in both your breasts, consult a doctor immediately.

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Risk Factors in Breast Abscesses

Breast abscesses are nothing to worry about. But some factors make some women more vulnerable to breast abscesses. Research shows that women who smoke more, old age, and nipple piercing are associated with an increased risk of developing breast abscesses.

Treatment of Breast Abscesses - Breast Abscess Surgery

When it comes to breast abscesses, people usually think of the traditional method of draining the pus out by cutting the sight of infection. But in today’s day and age, many procedures have been invented by man to make this process easier and less painful. Have a look below at some of the methods below:

Medications
Women diagnosed with breast abscesses are given antibiotics to help reduce the infection either before or after surgery. The antibiotics are nafcillin, Augmentin, doxycycline, Trimethoprim, clindamycin, or vancomycin.

Catheter placement
Used for bigger abscesses, a very small cut is made in this surgical procedure, and a catheter is attached to drain the pus out of the breast. It is considered a minimally invasive procedure.

Needle aspiration
In this method, a small cut is made near the abscess. A needle is inserted in the cut to drain the pus out.

Complications with Breast Abscesses

Removing the pus from the breast and performing any surgical procedure still has complications. They include -

  • Scars
  • Asymmetrical breasts
  • Pain
  • Retraction of nipple-areola region

Conclusion

Breast abscesses are pus-filled infections in our breasts due to bacterial infections. In most cases, doctors prescribe antibiotics or perform surgical procedures that drain the pus. They are found in 24% of lactating women and women who are young and smoke often.

References

https://pubs.rsna.org/doi/full/10.1148/rg.316115521

https://www.medanta.org/cancer-hospital/breast-cancer/disease/breast-abscess/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK459122/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20610247/

https://amritaclinics.com/breast-abscess-faqs/

What causes breast abscesses?

Abscesses are usually caused by coming in contact with bacterias. In the case of breast abscesses, it is coming in contact with S.Aureus bacteria.

How do I know that I have an abscess?

If you have a red swelling near your breast area and it pains, it is advisable to show the doctor. There is nothing to worry about. Your doctor will recommend the right treatment plan.

How much time will it take to heal?

Depending on the size of the abscess, location, and surgical procedure, the healing period varies. But on average, it can take up to a few weeks for the wound to heal.

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