If you notice any of these symptoms you should contact your doctor for treatment of a breast abscess or infection, and to rule out anything more serious.

A breast abscess is a painful collection of pus that forms a lump in the breast. If you have a breast abscess, breastfeeding may be painful or difficult and thus it is essential to see Dr van Schalkwyk to assist in the drainage of the abscess and for advice on the approach you should be taking when breastfeeding.

Signs and symptoms of a breast abscess:

  • A lump or swelling in the breast that is tender to touch
  • Pain in the breast
  • Muscle aches
  • Redness, warmth and swelling in the area
  • Fever
  • Generally feeling unwell
  • Infection
    breast abscesses are usually caused by bacteria entering the breast due to cracked nipples or a nipple piercing.
  • Breastfeeding
    the most common cause is mastitis (inflammation of the breast) due to bacteria entering the breast through cracks in the nipple or areola area while breastfeeding or due to a blocked milk duct.
  • Injury
    an injury to the breast may cause an infection, which when left untreated may lead to the development of an abscess.
  • Diabetes
    this condition raises your risk to developing a breast abscess.
  • Breast implant surgery
    breast infections are more common while lactating or after an injury or surgery.
  • Breast cancer
    in rare cases these symptoms may be related to breast cancer