What is a breast innfection?

Breast infection and abscess are a very most common presentation in the breast clinic. An abscess is a collection of pus (infectious material) that clogs the breast ducts. It presents as a painful red lump and can be associated with high temperature and general feeling of being unwell, pretty much like having the flu.

If you are concerned you may have a breast infection or an abscess you should see a breast specialist immediately. Breast abscess is considered an emergency as it can harm your breast tissue and make you more unwell if left untreated.

Who develops Breast Infections?

Women of any age can be affected by a breast infection or an abscess and many women will have at least one episode of breast infection in their lifetimes. Smoking, diabetes and diseases that reduce your immunity can increase your risk of breast infection.

What are the symptoms of a breast infection?

A breast infection presents as a painful red lump and can be associated with high temperature and general feeling of being unwell. The symptoms are much like having the flu.

How is a breast infection assessed?

During your visit Mr Charalampoudis will take a full history and will examine your breasts.

What are the treatments for a breast infection?

During your visit Mr Charalampoudis will arrange for an ultrasound scan to drain the infectious fluid out of your breast and relieve your symptoms. Mr Charalampoudis will also prescribe antibiotics and painkillers and will follow you up in the clinic until the condition has completely resolved.

What happens if I am breast-feeding while I have a breast infection?

If you are breast-feeding and have been diagnosed with a breast infection or abscess, Mr Charalampoudis will encourage you to continue to breast-feed during your treatment. Breast-feeding will ensure your breast is emptied frequently of the milk and thus will prevent further pus to collect in your breast.

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