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Abscess

I had an abscess in my right breast 10 years ago and it left a little lump after it healed. Two weeks ago I developed an abscess in the same spot. My GP recommended a week of antibiotics (Augmentin) and it started to drain on its own two days back. I feel a  thickened area which hasn't gone down. Should I be worried? The abscess continues to drain slowly and I have covered it with sterilized gauze. Please help. Thanks
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4851940 tn?1515698193
I presume that you have finished the course of the antibiotics about a week ago.

If that is the case, make an appointment with your doctor.  Although the abscess is draining the "plug" needs to be removed.  If the "plug" of the abscess has not come out, the abscess will continue to fester.

As the abscess is oozing slowly means that you have an open wound and because of that you are unable to apply a magnesium sulphate drawing ointment.  The doctor may prescribe a poultice to apply to help draw out the root of the abscess, or the doctor or nurse may have to try and get the root out with some tweezers.

In the meantime apply a hot flannel to bring the abscess more to the surface.

Make an appointment with your doctor.

Best wishes.
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Thank you so much! Will see a doctor right away.
4851940 tn?1515698193
Let me know how you get on.

Best wishes.
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Sorry i took some time to get back. I developed an allergy to Augmentin after I wrote to you. i  completed the dosage - a skin rash! Anyway I went to the hospital and had an ultrasound done which revealed an inflammation  so the surgeon said he would have to drain the abscess. Yesterday I had it drained and spent the night at the hospital and got back today with more antibiotics. I have to go back for a daily dressing over the next few days. Thank you so much for your support. Best xx
4851940 tn?1515698193
I am sorry to hear that it got so bad, but glad that you sought medical help immediately.

Now that all the rubbish and root has been removed, it will start to heal and the antibiotic will kill of any remaining bacteria.

Keep a record about your experience of Augmentin so that you will be able to remind the doctor in future in the event you need any more antibiotics.

Wishing a great Christmas and a healthy New Year 2014. xx
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Many thanks for your good wishes. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and wish you and family a super 2014!! xx
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