Breast Infection Treatment

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Breast Infection Treatment

Breast abscess is a collection of pus in the breast which is a complication of mastitis. Once a pus collection develops in the breast, it often requires a drainage procedure and rarely improves with antibiotics alone

It is important to differentiate mastitis from inflammatory breast cancer, as both can present with similar signs and symptoms. A breast specialist should be consulted as soon as possible to initiate investigation and appropriate treatment

Mastitis is the inflammation of the breast tissue with or without bacterial infection. Symptoms include breast pain, swelling and redness, sometimes associated with fever and lethargy. It is common during breastfeeding. The bacteria from baby’s mouth infect breast tissue through cracked nipples. Incomplete emptying of the breasts during each feed or poor latch increases this risk. Mastitis may also occur in diabetics, smokers or those on steroids