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Dr. Dhaval Shah
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Breast Infection (Overview)

Breast infection, also known as mastitis, indicates inflammation of breast tissue or overlying skin. Most commonly mastitis is caused by bacteria which has entered the breast tissue through a break or crack in the skin, often near the nipple, resulting in swelling and tenderness. Most often mastitis is associated with breastfeeding or physical injury to the breast and rarely to breast cancer.


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What is the definition or description of: breast infection?

What is the definition or description of: breast infection?

Mastitis...: Breast infection, also known as mastitis, indicates inflammation of breast tissue or overlying skin. Most commonly mastitis is caused by bacteria which has entered the breast tissue through a break or crack in the skin, often near the nipple, resulting in swelling and tenderness. Most often mastitis is associated with breastfeeding or physical injury to the breast and rarely to breast cancer. ...Read more

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Dr. Dhaval Shah
52 doctors shared insights

Breast Infection (Overview)

Breast infection, also known as mastitis, indicates inflammation of breast tissue or overlying skin. Most commonly mastitis is caused by bacteria which has entered the breast tissue through a break or crack in the skin, often near the nipple, resulting in swelling and tenderness. Most often mastitis is associated with breastfeeding or physical injury to the breast and rarely to breast cancer.


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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

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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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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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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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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
Once
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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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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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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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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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

Dr. Warren Foster
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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