A painful assortment of pus which accustoms in the breast is named as breast abscess. Mostly, the breast abscess are found just under the skin and are known to be happen due to bacterial infection. Moreover, the breast abscess are associated with pain and are usually swollen which may also show:
- The breast become red
- Uneven temperature elevation
- The adjoining skin also show swelling
- A high fever, which is also associated with high temperature
Causes of a breast abscess
In most of the cases the breast abscess are connected with mastitis, which is itself a condition responsible for the swelling of the breast and pain (inflammation), and is most commonly found in women who are nursing their babies via breastfeeding.
The infection most likely occurs during breast feeding, if few bacteria enters into the lining of the tissues, or in some rare cases if the mil duct get blocked. The common form of this infection leads to the mastitis, but if not treated properly and in time then it gets developed to breast abscess. However, it is not restricted to breastfeeders women only, it may infect the individuals if bacteria enter via cracked nipple, milk duct or a nipple piercing. Human white blood cells are active against the breast abscess and are sent to outbreak the infection, which results in the dying of tissues lining the breast. The outcome of this attack results in the formation of hollow space inside the breast, meanwhile which is filled with the pus.
When to visit your GP
In case if you found your breast sore or red, and you have mastitis, eventually tell your GP, who may advice you the antibiotics as they heal the hollow cavity and will help to dry to the pus, as a result the infection get cured, and you are no more at a risk of developing breast abscess.
However, if the symptoms still remained after taking antibiotic, then the GP may advice you get an ultrasound scan, which is necessary to characterize the breast abscess. The ultrasound will send out high frequency sound waves, which will create an image of the inside of the body.
Treating a breast abscess
During treatment process the breast abscess must be drained, a small breast abscess can be easily drained via a syringe or needle. However, if the abscess is somewhat larger than a small incision must be done in order to drain the entire pus. To avoid the feeling of pain and discomfort a local anaesthetic is usually prescribed, which will numb the skin covering the breasts.
How conjoint are breast abscesses?
The condition is more common in women who are above 18 and below 50 years. Mostly, it affects those women who are linked with mastitis, which is very common, almost every 10th breast feeder women develops mastitis, which causes the breast to become a sore or red. According to one survey report almost 3% of the women who were treated with antibiotics against the mastitis develop breast abscess in future.