Abscess – areolar gland; Areolar gland abscess
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Subareolar abscess is caused by a blockage of the small glands or ducts below the skin of the areola that result in infection of the glands.
This is an uncommon problem that affects younger or middle-aged women who are not breastfeeding. Risk factors include smoking, diabetes, and nipple piercing.
- Drainage and possible pus from lump beneath areolar area (colored area around nipple)
Fever General ill-feeling
- Swollen, tender lump beneath areolar area (colored area around nipple)
Signs and tests
The health care provider will perform a breast exam. An
Subareolar abscesses are treated with antibiotics and by opening and draining the infected tissue. This can be done in a doctor’s office with local numbing medicine (anesthesic). If the abscess returns, the affected glands should be surgically removed. The abscess can also be drained using a sterile needle. This is often done under ultrasound guidance.
Prognosis is good after the abscess is drained.
Subareolar abscess may return until the affected gland is surgically removed.
Calling your health care provider
Contact your health care provider if you develop a painful lump under the nipple or areola.