Infected Breasts Overview
Another name for Infected Breasts is Breast Infection.
What is a breast infection?
A woman with a breast infection has pain and swelling of the breast, due to an infection by bacteria. The most common breast infection is mastitis, which occurs in women who are breastfeeding. A breast abscess is a collection of pus under the surface of the skin.
What are the symptoms of a breast infection?
Symptoms of a breast infection include breast pain, breast swelling, breast tenderness, and skin redness over the breast. Additional symptoms may include fever, chills, a tender breast lump, nipple discharge, and swollen lymph glands under the arm.
How does the doctor treat a breast infection?
Treatment for a breast infection includes antibiotics, warm compresses, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Treatment for a breast abscess may also include incision and drainage.
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