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Areolar Gland Abscess

Overview

Areolar gland abscess is a condition in which areolar gland grows significantly. Areolar gland is situated beneath or underneath the areola (dark circular area around the nipple) of the breast. An abscess is a pocket of pus that is often accompanied by inflammation and swelling. Other alternatives names of the condition are abscess-areolar gland and subareolar abscess. It is important to highlight that it is an uncommon and risk-free condition that does not affect breast-feeding women.


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Causes

Main cause of Areolar gland abscess is blockage of ducts or small glands due to which bacteria develops into that part. Immune system of the body fight against them as it sends white blood cells into those blocked ducts area. When dead tissue, bacteria, blood cells stew together in pocket of abscess, pus forms. And if anybody nipple is pierced, then infection sets in and bacteria get through skin causing Areolar gland abscess.


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Signs & Symptoms

Some of the common symptoms encountered by a woman include:

  • Fever
  • Ill feeling
  • Tender, swollen lump beneath coloured area around nipple.
  • Drainage of pus from coloured area
  • Pain
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Prevention

No prevention exists for the condition. 


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Treatments
Drainage Modern Medicine

Areolar gland abscess is a condition that can be treated easily with the help of antibiotics. Opening and drainage of the infected tissues is another thing that is followed by most of the health professionals. But for this, it is necessary to make hospital stay. Drainage process is performed after making numb the affected area with medicine (anesthetic). However, if the condition returns even after taking required treatment, then removing affected glands surgically is the only resort left for treating the condition

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