CASE IN POINT: Breast Abscess
“Life doesn’t come with an instruction book — that’s why we have fathers.”
-H. Jackson Browne
Although a bit late to the Father’s Day, we would like to bring forward a story from a recently turned father Mr. Amit Kumar himself. He visited Mission to Cure Clinic for the treatment of his wife, after the birth of their baby. His wife had developed a breast abscess which is a very common occurrence in new mothers/women having recently given birth.
Mr Amit says, “My wife had developed very large swelling in her right breast post delivery of our baby. This swelling started a week after delivery and went on increasing resulting in lower milk flow and at a point it became so severe that the baby stopped sucking milk from it!”
They immediately started approaching doctors for a solution to the problem. Post-natal care is one of the most crucial stages in maternal and child health and many problems arise owing to the low immunity of the mother and the child.
They visited a gynaecologist who recommended to take out the milk manually and foment it with hot water. “Over a week, the swelling decreased by 60-70%. We continued with the suggested process for next 2-3 weeks but swelling wouldn’t go. The pain continued in the 4thweek along with mild fever”, Mr. Kumar said.
Over time, the swelling had bulged near the nipple, looking at which, their gynaecologist referred her to a surgeon. The surgeon recommend surgeryto remove the abscess.
He remarked -“It was very shocking for me and my wife! We didn't want to remove this surgically as the healing post-surgery would take a very long time. Also, it would cause permanent damage to my wife's breast along with a scar. We also understood that general anaesthesia would be applied and she would undergo surgery. Post-surgery, it mandated regular dressing of deep surgical wound and difficult precautions to be taken which would be extremely challenging for us”.
Dr. Vijay Shah explains, “The mother has to take an antibiotic, pain killer, and surgery also hampers the breastfeeding process. The dressing of the wound post-surgery has to be done on a regular basis.” He further adds, “All mothers go through feeding, but the abscess formation occurs only in a few mothers on account of fall in their immunity followed by a bacterial infection. We bring the body to its normal immunity level with homeopathic medicines. This provides a permanent cure for the disease.”
At this point in time, Mr. Kumar got in touch with Mission To Cure clinic and met with Dr. Vijay Shah.
“Post diagnosis, he gave us the surety that there is absolutely no need to go for any kind of surgery and the entire problem will be treated with only homeopathic medicine”, says Mr. Kumar. It's been 2 weeks since we started the treatment and now the entire abscess is gone, my baby is taking regular feeding from the right breast and there is absolutely no pain! Internal swelling has reduced by another 30%. We are sure, it's just a matter of weeks wherein that too shall vanish”.
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He concludes by saying, “I thank Dr. Vijay Shah and Junior Dr. Mitali who have ensured best of the treatment along with timely follow-up and personal connect. I recommend that people with such issues of mastitis no matter how severe it is, Dr. Vijay Shah from Mission to cure is the go-to doc. anytime.
For a doctor, the ultimate satisfaction is the patient’s recovery and the faith in the treatment process.
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A lactational breast abscess is an accumulation of pus in an area of the breast and frequently develops as a result of inadequately treated infectious mastitis. Between 5% and 11% of lactating women with infectious mastitis will develop a breast abscess, which usually occurs at 3 to 8 weeks post delivery. The traditional management of breast abscesses involves incision and drainage of pus along with antibiotics, but this is associated with prolonged healing time, regular dressings, difficulty in breast feeding, and the possibility of milk fistula with the unsatisfactory cosmetic outcome.