A breast abscess is a localized collection of pus within the breast tissue, often caused by a bacterial infection. Breast abscesses can occur in women of any age, but are most common in those who are breastfeeding or have a history of breast infections.
Symptoms of a breast abscess may include a painful, swollen lump in the breast, redness and warmth in the affected area, fever, chills, and fatigue. The affected breast may also be tender to the touch and feel heavy or hard.
Breast abscesses can be diagnosed through a physical exam, imaging tests such as a mammogram or ultrasound, and by draining the pus from the abscess.
Treatment for a breast abscess typically involves draining the pus through a needle or small incision, followed by a course of antibiotics to treat any underlying infection. In some cases, a surgical procedure may be required to remove the abscess and infected tissue.
If left untreated, a breast abscess can lead to serious complications such as the spread of infection to other parts of the body or the development of a chronic infection. It is important to seek medical attention if you suspect that you have a breast abscess.