Breast Abscess Treatment
Treatment for a breast abscess requires an outpatient procedure, called incision and drainage, in order to drain the infected fluid from the abscess. Depending on the severity of the abscess, a person may also require treatment with oral antibiotics. Most breast abscesses resolve completely within 2 to 3 weeks.
Treatment for a breast abscess includes:
- Apply warm compresses:
- Apply for 20-30 minutes, every 4 hours.
- Clean the skin thoroughly twice a day:
- Use mild soap and water.
- Do not scrub the abscess.
- Do not squeeze the abscess.
- Antibiotics for breast abscess:
- Nafcillin (Unipen)
- Vancomycin (Vancocin, Vancoled, Lyphocin)
- Clindamycin (Cleocin)
- Ampicillin-sulbactam (Unasyn)
- Dicloxacillin (Dycill, Dynapen)
- Oxacillin (Bactocill, Prostaphlin)
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, NeoProfen)
- Ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis, Oruvail)
- Naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, Aleve)
- Narcotic pain medication:
- For moderate to severe pain
- For short term use only
- Incision and drainage for breast abscess
Incision and drainage includes:
- The skin is sterilized using rubbing alcohol or an antibacterial soap.
- A local anesthetic is injected into the tissues surrounding the abscess.
- An incision is made with a scalpel.
- Pus is drained from the abscess.
- The abscess cavity is flushed clean.
- In some cases, a rubber drain or a strip of sterile gauze is packed inside the abscess cavity.
- The gauze or drain placed inside the abscess cavity is usually removed 24-36 hours later.
Breast Abscess Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of a breast abscess.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- Is surgery an option for me?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for having this problem again?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
Breast Abscess Specialist
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat breast abscesses:
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