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Your Painful Breast Lump May Also be Known as:
Painful bump in breast
Painful lump in breast
Painful mass in breast

Top 4 Painful Breast Lump Causes

  1. 1.Breast Cyst

    A breast cyst is a fluid-filled sac (like a tiny balloon) inside the breast. Breast cysts are common in women. They might cause a little pain, but they are usually benign (not cancerous).

    You should visit your primary care physician within the next 24 hours to evaluate the lump. Diagnosis typically just involves a physical exam and imaging. A biopsy would be needed in case scarier things need to be ruled out, but it's not always necessary. Treatment of a cyst involves aspirating the contents of the cyst (sucking the stuff out).

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    breast pain, breast lump, painful breast lump, movable breast lump
    Symptoms that always occur with breast cyst:
    breast lump
    Symptoms that never occur with breast cyst:
    armpit lump, fever
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Plugged Breast Duct

    If you're making milk faster than it's getting expressed, it can get backed up in the duct. When this happens, the tissue around the duct may become swollen and inflamed and press on the duct, causing a blockage.

    You can safely treat this condition on your own by continuing nursing and draining your breast as much as possible after each feeding. If you develops a fever or significant discomfort, contact your physician.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    breast pain, breast lump, painful breast lump
    Symptoms that never occur with plugged breast duct:
    fever, breast redness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  3. 3.Breast Abscess

    A breast infection is an infection in the tissue of the breast. Breast infections are usually caused by a common bacteria, Staphylococcus aureus, found on normal skin.

    You should visit your primary care physician to confirm the diagnosis and discuss treatment options. This can include a detailed history, physical exam, breast ultrasound, pain relievers, antibiotic therapy and a surgical consultation.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea, breast pain, fever, chills, severe breast pain
    Symptoms that always occur with breast abscess:
    breast pain, hidden: cardinal sign breast inflammation
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Intraductal Papilloma

    Breast problems such as lumps are very common and often not caused by breast cancer. An intraductal papilloma is such a benign breast lump situated in the milk ducts.

    All new breast lumps should be examined by a doctor to determine if further testing is needed, so the best thing to do is to make an appointment with your primary care physician.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    breast lump, painful breast lump, painless breast lump, white or clear fluid leaking from the breast, nipple lump
    Symptoms that never occur with intraductal papilloma:
    armpit lump
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Painful Breast Lump

  • Q.How long has it been since you noticed this breast lump?
  • Q.Compared to a marble, how big is this lump?
  • Q.Tell me more about the lump on your breast. When rubbing your lump, can you move the lump slightly from side-to-side?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions, check our painful breast lump symptom checker.

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Painful Breast Lump Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced painful breast lump have also experienced:

    • 13% Breast Pain
    • 5% Hard Breast Lump
  • People who have experienced painful breast lump had symptoms persist for:

    • 43% Over a Month
    • 19% Less Than a Week
    • 13% Two Weeks to a Month
  • People who have experienced painful breast lump were most often matched with:

    • 43% Breast Cyst
    • 8% Breast Abscess

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