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Is breast infection common?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
It is fairly common: Breast infections while breastfeeding are relatively common and present with the following symptoms: pain, redness and hardness to the breast, as well as fever. These symptoms can occur quickly and will often require antibiotics. Seek the help of your doctor if you notice these symptoms.
Dr. Jason Campbell
Family Medicine 16 years experience
Yes: Infections of the breasts can occur for many reasons but are most common with breastfeeding. Without breastfeeding, infections of the skin surrounding the breast and also the nipple can occur. Appropriate treatment is wise as any breast changes should be closely monitored.

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