Posted by: Liesel | 2012/11/26

Breast Abscess - how long will healing take?

I have a 3 month old baby and developed mastitiis and a breast abscess when she was 3 weeks old. I have had 3 aspirations which only provided relief for a day or so. About 3 weeks ago the puss erupted through a scar I had from a lump removed 15 years ago (I am now 31 years), and a surgeon made a small incision on the same scar. Puss came pouring out! I drained about 50ml of puss for the next 10 days from the breast at home. when my breast finally seemed to be empty, I pressed firmly on my nipple area with my hand and bloody water and puss came out again for another 3 days. The incision has now healed, but I can still feel a mass behind my nipple, even though the breast is almost the same size as my other breast. However, the side profile is different and my nipple is not protruding like it used to. I have been to 6 doctors and have spent over R 10 000, and would like to know if I should wait a while to see if it heels by itself or should I just go back to the surgeon. I have been on antibiotics twice which didn''t seem to help at all. Thank you for your time.

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This would be something to ask your surgeon.
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