How do I get rid of an abscess on my nipple?
For any breast abscess, antibiotics are usually recommended along with other treatments. For small abscesses, the treatment of choice is aspiration (drawing out the fluid and pus with a syringe), which can be done with or without ultrasound guidance.
Why do I have an abscess on my nipple?
The most common type of bacteria involved in a breast abscess is Staphylococcus aureus. Bacteria enter through a scratch in the skin or a tear in the nipple. The resulting infection, called mastitis, invades the fatty tissue of the breast and leads to swelling and pressure on the milk ducts.
Can you get an abscess in your nipple?
A subareolar abscess occurs when a gland or duct under your areola skin becomes blocked or clogged. When the duct is clogged and untreated, an infection can occur. Other less common causes of a subareolar abscess include diabetes, nipple piercings, and smoking.
Will breast abscess go away on its own?
Many patients are also treated with antibiotics, depending on the individual and the type of bacteria found. Not all abscesses are big enough to need draining with a needle poke. Small ones, your body will cure on it’s own.
How do you tell if you have an abscess in your breast?
If a person has developed a breast abscess, they may feel or notice a mass in the breast tissue along with symptoms of an infection of the breast….These symptoms may include :
- low milk production.
- warmth in the area.
- pain in the breast.
- discharge from the nipple.
- flushed skin.
- a high temperature.
- a headache.
How long does it take for a breast abscess to go away?
Your skin will be numbed before this is done. You can usually go home the same day and may be given antibiotics to take at home. The abscess should heal completely in a few days or weeks. Continue feeding with both breasts if you can.
How do they drain an abscess in your breast?
A small abscess can be drained with a needle, sometimes using ultrasound to guide the needle. First, a local anesthetic medicine is injected to numb the skin over the infected breast tissue. This procedure can be done in a doctor’s office. A large abscess must be cut open (lanced) to let the pus drain out.