What are breast infections and breast abscesses?
A breast infection is an infection in the tissue of the breast.
If your breast infection goes untreated, it can become a breast abscess.
A breast abscess is a pocket of pus that forms a lump in your breast
A breast abscess is very rare
What are the symptoms of a breast infection?
If you have a breast infection, an area of your breast gets:
What causes breast infections?
Breast infections are rare but happen more often around childbirth, after an injury, or after surgery
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How do doctors treat a breast infection or breast abscess?
Doctors have you take antibiotics to treat the infection.
Doctors usually drain an abscess. To do this, doctors will:
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Drain the abscess with a needle