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    Default YIKES! plugged duct or breast abscess?

    how can you tell if you have a plugged duct versus a breast abscess? i pump exclusively and have a spot that has been sore for some time (maybe a few weeks) under my right arm pit. it's not red, but it is painful to touch, and the spot/lumps doesn't seem to be going away. i try massaging it when i pump, which helps some, but the lumps never entirely leave. i had never heard of a breast abscess until yesterday when i came across the term while reading a book about breastfeeding. i didn't think much about the painful spot i have under my arm pit until i read about this in the book and wondered, gosh is that what i have? do i have an abscess i wondered?

    also, does anyone have any suggestions on how to treat this, whatever it is? thanks for any help!

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    Default Re: YIKES! plugged duct or breast abscess?

    Check out this page - may help you determine the issue
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    Default Re: YIKES! plugged duct or breast abscess?

    do you have a fever?
    I think most of the time moms the abscesses run fevers.

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    Default Re: YIKES! plugged duct or breast abscess?

    no fever, just a hard/sore lump under the armpit that doesn't seem to go away even after pumping

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    Default Re: YIKES! plugged duct or breast abscess?

    did you check out the link... probably not mastitis w/o a fever but check it out.
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    Default Re: YIKES! plugged duct or breast abscess?

    i did check out the link. i have had mastitis before. it is not mastitis. i am sure it is a plugged duct, or possibly a breast abscess - i am just not sure how you tell the difference between the latter and what you do to get rid of a breast abscess.

    thanks for your help!

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    Default Re: YIKES! plugged duct or breast abscess?

    If I am not mistaken an abcess would come from mastitis, so if it's not mastitis its not an abscess - kwim?? THat is to say abscess and mastitis are pretty much one in the same.

    see more here.

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    Here is what I learned. Abcesses are rare, occurring in 3-11 percent of women who have infectious mastitis. Abscesses can also develop with a recurrent plug that keeps occurring in the same spot. Abscesses can be diagnosed either by aspiration (lanced and drained with a needle by your doctor) or by ultrasound. If you are having an ultrasound, be sure to empty your breasts as much as possible before the test so that the technicians can more easily read the results. If you have an abscess aspirated, ask your doctor to culture the fluid that is drawn out so that an appropriate antibiotic can be prescribed.
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    Default Re: YIKES! plugged duct or breast abscess?

    in reading that i wasn't sure if all came from mastitis, b/c it also says, "recurrent plug that keeps occurring in the same spot." so maybe they can come from a plugged duct that keeps occuring in the same spot, that is not mastitis?

    in any event, has anyone here ever had a plugged duct or breast abscess?

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    Default Re: YIKES! plugged duct or breast abscess?

    bump

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*thecowgirl View Post
    in reading that i wasn't sure if all came from mastitis, b/c it also says, "recurrent plug that keeps occurring in the same spot." so maybe they can come from a plugged duct that keeps occuring in the same spot, that is not mastitis?

    in any event, has anyone here ever had a plugged duct or breast abscess?
    I'm just reading this thread now and although it's an old post, I thought I would comment since there is so little info online about breast abscesses. You definitely have to have mastitis to have a breast abscess. A breast abscess is basically a puss ball in your breast that forms from an infection. Puss is created from an infection, so if you don't have mastitis, you don't have a breast abscess.

    I developed a very large abscess after giving birth to my first child. It started off as a blocked duct which developed into mastitis since I didn't know how to clear out the duct and apparently my daughter didn't clear it out when breastfeeding. I went crazy trying everything to try to soften my swollen, red and blocked up breast (lecithin, phytolacca homeopathics, hot compress, massage [can require some very sophisticated massaging which I didn't know about at the time; but I do now since I'm prone to clogged ducts], cabbage leaves, etc.)... after 2 courses of antibiotics and over a month later of increasing and agonizing pain (it hurt to move, that's how painful it was...I lived on ibuprofen) and no improvement, a lactation consultant recommended I get an ultrasound where they discovered the large abscess. The puss was so thick they could not aspirate it with the needle. The next day I had to have major surgery to drain the puss. The surgeon said the abscess (aka ball of puss) was 4 inches in diameter and went all the way to my muscle. She could fit her fist in it, that's how large the abscess was. This relieved so much pain I had in the breast, and I felt so much better immediately after the surgery... but that was the calm before the storm. After the surgery, every day for about 3 months, I had to remove the gauze that was packed in the hole in my breast that was soaked in puss, and repack it. It was a nightmare to say the least and would never want to relive that first week after the surgery. They had to give me some heavy drugs to get through the packing because I was so traumatized. Nevertheless, a week post surgery, I was able to feed my baby on the one good breast I had and I could pump the bad side until the pain got better and I could nurse the baby on both sides. So yeah, I didn't give up!! I nursed her til she turned 2.

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