An abscess of the breast is an accumulation of pus in the breast, nipple, or areola (circular, colored area of skin around the nipple. Abscesses are due to an infection in the tissue. See our Q&A for information on symptoms of breast abscesses.
If you have an abscess of the breast, consult your doctor for a proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Type of therapy will depend on the type of infection, cause of the infection, and location of the abscess. Options for treatment of breast abscesses include:
• Antibiotics for treating abscesses due to bacterial infection
• Antifungal medications for treating abscesses due to fungal infection
• Physician lancing a superficial abscess to drain it
• Surgery involving insertion of tubing to drain an abscess caused by a wound or previous surgery