Breast Abscess

Image result for breast abscessThis is a medical condition that occurs when there is an infection can be found in the Breast of women.

Symptoms often arise during nursing of child.

Similar Infection in the breast that can be seen is called: Mastitis

Can also occur with other medical conditions such as:

  • IV drug use
  • Scratching
  • Picking at skin
  • Others

Symptoms:

  • Redness
  • Breast tenderness
  • Possible induration
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Diagnosis

  • Physical Exam

Treatment

When found early  treatment can occur and nursing may continue:

Antibiotics During Nursing

  • Dicloxacillin
  • Oxacillin

Antibiotics otherwise

  • Clindamycin
  • Septra
  • Keflex
  • Others

If a localized mass forms, surgical drainage may be needed.

If so, nursing would than be stopped.

 

Mastitis

Image result for mastitisThis is a medical condition that occurs when there may or may not be an infection.

A red hot area can take up part or the entire Breast of women.

If your not breastfeeding – mastitis occurs due to injury/irritation to nipple

This can be caused from piercings, cracked skin, damage, or other

It often will feel painful – that may hurt all the time or only when breastfeeding

You may notice a hard lump in the area of redness

There may be Nipple Discharge – often white or with some blood

Symptoms:

  • Redness
  • Breast tenderness
  • Possible induration
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Causes of Mastitis

1.)  A baby not properly attaching during breastfeeding.

2.)  A baby having difficulty with suckling.

3.)  Missing episodes of breastfeeding or very infrequent feedings.

 

Treatment

Breast feeding with Mastitis is extremely important.

Even if an infection is present – it won’t hurt the baby.

Breast feed more often than normal.

Express milk at the end of feeding, or in between.

Antibiotics may be need if the above treatment does not help or if you are not breastfeeding.

If reoccurring, and non breastfeeding, Surgery may be recommended.

 

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