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Dr. Dhaval Shah
60 Doctors shared insights

Breast Infection (Overview)

An infection in the breast.


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How does a breast infection look?

How does a breast infection look?

Like any other: Infection, pain swelling redness and elevated temperature. ...Read more

Dr. Dhaval Shah
60 Doctors shared insights

Breast Infection (Overview)

An infection in the breast.


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What are symptoms of breast infection?

What are symptoms of breast infection?

Breast infection: Signs and symptoms of breast infection include redness, tenderness, discharge, and swelling. Because these symptoms can also be seen in inflammatory breast cancer, it is important to check with your doctor. Treatment may include antibiotics, warm soaks, or surgical drainage. ...Read more

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Diagnosing Breast Lumps (Checklist)

Do a breast self exam after your period ends
monthly
Check daily in shower after soaping up
daily
Learn the architecture of your breasts by repetition
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Observe skin around nipples
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How do I know if I have a breast infection?

How do I know if I have a breast infection?

Pain, redness, fever: Generally, a significant breast infection (mastitis) may cause sharp, shooting pains- especially when the baby is nursing. In addition, you may experience flu-like symptoms with body aches, fever, or red hot spots on the breast. A minor breast infection may show up with less irritation, redness, itching, or scaling. If in doubt, it is wise to contact your doctor. ...Read more

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Can taking medroxyprogesterone cause breast infection or cancer?

Can taking medroxyprogesterone cause breast infection or cancer?

Uncertain: The whi study carried out by the nih in the last decade found an increase in the rate of breast cancer in women taking Medroxyprogesterone acetate (mpa) plus mixed conjugated equine estrogens, but not in women taking the estrogen alone. This casts suspicion of mpa but it certainly does not prove that it increases the risk of breast cancer. It does not increase the risk of breast infections. ...Read more

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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
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Ask doc if TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint) is causing ear pain
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Know that middle ear fluid isn't necessarily infection
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Look for ear pain and ear drainage -- both signs of infection
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When breastfeeding does a pinkish strip or breast redness mean infection?

When breastfeeding does a pinkish strip or breast redness mean infection?

Maybe Infection: A wedge or pie shaped red section on the lactating breast often means an infection is present. It is best to see a doctor used to treating this problem who can properly diagnosis and prescribe antibiotics. It is also not necessary for you to stop nursing while this is treated. ...Read more

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Possible breast infection (mastitis). How is this treated?

Possible breast infection (mastitis). How is this treated?

Antibiotics: Mastitis is treated with antibiotics and warm compresses. If the infection becomes an abscess, surgical drainage may be in order. See your physician. ...Read more

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Treating a Kidney Infection (Checklist)

Call dr if you have fever or back pain. Kidney infections are serious
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Begin your antibiotic immediately and complete the entire course
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Drink plenty of fluids to stay well-hydrated and help flush infection
Daily
Get plenty of rest and sleep to help your body fight the infection
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I was just treated with a breast infection, now I have a painful knot under my arm on the same side. Should I just finish my antibiotics, or call dr?

I was just treated with a breast infection, now I have a painful knot under my arm on the same side. Should I just finish my antibiotics, or call dr?

Swollen gland: In infections your body's immune system goes into overdrive to chew up and digest the poison and bugs causing the infection. The drainage pathway from your breast goes into the lymph or immune system under your arm. This glandular swelling is part of the healing process and would to me reassure me that all is working correctly to treat the infection. ...Read more

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After treating fungal infection between breasts with clotrimazole, after 3 weeks brown spot appeared instead of rash-will it fade away and turn normal?

After treating fungal infection between breasts with clotrimazole, after 3 weeks brown spot appeared instead of rash-will it fade away and turn normal?

Probably: Sometimes after skin is infected or irritated, it can come back temporarily with less or more pigment leading to darker or lighter tinted skin. It should get back to its original color in a few months. ...Read more

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Treating Eye Infections (Checklist)

Throw away any used contact lenses
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Do not occlude or cover eyes
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If you have pink eye, wash face towels with hot water separately
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What is the treatment for breast infection?

Antibiotics: Breast infection/mastitis will usually respond to antibiotics and if lactating establishing proper emptying which is best done by breastfeeding. If an abscess developes, it may require aspiration and/or open drainage. ...Read more

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Treating a Bladder Infection (Checklist)

Ask your doctor about taking an antibiotic or a urine test
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Drink plenty of fluids to help dilute the urine and flush the bladder
Daily
Avoid irritating fluids and food: caffeine, citrus, alcohol, spicy
Daily
Take an over-the-counter analgesic for pain and to soothe bladder
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Ok to use gold bond no mess powder spray on thighs/near privates and under breasts for preventing yeast infections? Nothing else keeps me dry so far.

Ok to use gold bond no mess powder spray on thighs/near privates and under breasts for preventing yeast infections? Nothing else keeps me dry so far.

Gold bond: Gold bond is a great product, but yeast infections are infections. Best to use gold bond if it seems to help and you like it, but keep an anti fungal cream accessible when it becomes necessary. ...Read more

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I have a history of breast infection, is there anything I can do to try to avoid it?

Breast infections: Try to improve your overall health and boost your immune system.
Eat lots of fruits and veggies, good protein. Avoid high fructose corn syrup and most sugars. Do not drink diet drinks. Very moderate on alcohol. Don;t smoke. Take multivitamins, vit d3, kelp tablets (for iodine), at least 1000 mg vitamin c per day.
Exercise. ...Read more

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Treating Clostridium Difficile Infection (Checklist)

Know it's a common complication of taking antibiotics
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Minimize use of broad spectrum antibiotics & stay out of hospitals
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Use probiotics to outcompete the clostridium difficile bacteria
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Is breast infection common?

Is breast infection common?

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. ...Read more

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How do you get breast infection?

Mastitis: Mastitis usually occurs in breast feeding when a milk duct 'gets clogged' and the are behind it gets sore, warm, red, swollen. The treatment is to stay hydrated and oral antibiotics directed at staph bacteria. Also any 'break' in the skin can cause skin/breast infection (e.g. Piercing, trauma...). ...Read more

Dr. Adam Lewis
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


Mastitis (Definition)

A painful infection ...Read more