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The first step in treating breast abscesses is preventing their occurrence. Prevention includes maintaining good personal hygiene with frequent hand washing and washing the body with soap and water. It is important that women who are breastfeeding clean their nipples before and after each breastfeeding session and to promptly report any symptoms of mastitis or breast abscess to their licensed health care provider.
Breast abscesses are generally caused by a bacterial infection and are treated with antibiotics. General supportive treatment includes rest, increased fluids, ensuring good nutrition, and applying a warm washcloth or warm compress to the breast lump and inflamed area. Breastfeeding women may need to stop breastfeeding from the affected breast until the breast abscess and infection has gone away. This generally requires pumping milk from the affected breast so it does not become engorged and breastfeeding only from the other breast. Medications for pain relief should only be taken as directed by a physician.
In some cases, treatment of a breast abscess may include lancing or incising the breast abscess and draining the accumulated pus. This is called an incision and drainage (I and D).
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