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    Default Breast abscess or mastitis?

    Has anyone here ever had a breast abscess? How did you know it was an abscess?

    im on my fifth bout of mastitis in 10 weeks :-( I've been on ABs for about 2 1/2 days now and still have a very tender hard lump in the breast, which actually appeared on day 2 of ABs. I've not had such a large, palpable lump before. Should I be worried or do I need to give the ABs more time to work?

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    If you are worried, maybe go to emergency.

    I had a milk cyst just under my skin. It was incredibly painful but it wasn't an infection so no abs were going to clear it up. Mine was not associated with mastitis.

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    Get it checked.

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    I thought I did a few months ago. Mastitis then a lump that wouldn't go away. Had an US and all that was there was dense gladular tissue.

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    Organise a breast ultrasound. Depending on where you live, they are usually easy to arrange.

    I had just finished breastfeeding my daughter when I discovered a firm, tender lump in the upper-outer quadrant of my breast. As it was tender, I assumed it was a blocked milk duct, with associated infection. (I still had some milk at this time too).

    2 weeks later I got around to organising an ultrasound. It was an invasive breast cancer which had already spread to the local lymph nodes.

    12 months later, I am (hopefully!!) all clear, after chemotherapy, mastectomy and radiotherapy.

    In all probability, you will be fine. You may need an ultrasound-guided needle aspiration of an infected or occluded duct, or abscess. You may need ongoing antibiotics. Or you may be managed conservatively, with expectant care.

    Just don't be fooled by assuming it is infection or complications of breastfeeding. I nearly did, and the complications would have been dire.

    "Pink Power" to you, and I hope all is well


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    Quote Originally Posted by J37 View Post
    Organise a breast ultrasound. Depending on where you live, they are usually easy to arrange.

    I had just finished breastfeeding my daughter when I discovered a firm, tender lump in the upper-outer quadrant of my breast. As it was tender, I assumed it was a blocked milk duct, with associated infection. (I still had some milk at this time too).

    2 weeks later I got around to organising an ultrasound. It was an invasive breast cancer which had already spread to the local lymph nodes.

    12 months later, I am (hopefully!!) all clear, after chemotherapy, mastectomy and radiotherapy.

    In all probability, you will be fine. You may need an ultrasound-guided needle aspiration of an infected or occluded duct, or abscess. You may need ongoing antibiotics. Or you may be managed conservatively, with expectant care.

    Just don't be fooled by assuming it is infection or complications of breastfeeding. I nearly did, and the complications would have been dire.

    "Pink Power" to you, and I hope all is well


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    This should be a pinned post. Wise words, and the "get it checked" advice is relevant not just to breasts. So glad to hear you have responded well to the treatments.

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    All good advice above but I just want to add one more thing. After you have resolved this current issue please consider seeing an ibclc. Having mastitis 5 times is not a normal part of breastfeeding. In my personal experience recurrent bouts of mastitis could be caused by an undiagnosed tongue tie. Babe is at the breast 'feeding' often but because bub can not lift his tongue fully the breast is not being properly drained. Good luck and hope you get to the bottom of it soon. X

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