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Is my pierced breast infected after piercing ?

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I received a breast piercing on my left breast, in June '07. I have had pain in breast continously. Now it is painfully hardening inside. I have no leakage, puss, or bleeding coming from breast.
1. If I remove piercing will this pain and hardening just go away?
2. Will antibiotics be needed?

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replied October 19th, 2007
Womens Conditions Answer A3311
It is possible that the breast piercing probably caused the infection. Pain and hardening inside the breast could be due to the persistence of an abscess inside the breast. An abscess is a cavity filled with pus inside a compact organ. If there is an abscess, piercing removal will help but won’t solve the problem. If there is an abscess present antibiotics will be absolutely necessary but surgical intervention (incision) might be also necessary. You can consult a thoracic surgeon about your problem.

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