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Breast Infections And Plugged Ducts
What do you suggest if my left breast. it also itches something fierce. could it be a clogged milk duct or maybe an infection of some kind?
Breastfeeding?: It sounds as if you are breastfeeding? If so a clogged duct can present as a tender red area of the breast. The itchiness also concerns me for a yeast infection, especially if the nipple is involved. Try a warm compress on any red area tonight, be sure the baby is draining the area by compressing the milk ducts in that area. See your physician if this is not better in 24 hours, may need yeast rx ...Read more
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
Recently found lump in my breast close to nipple. Dr. Seems to think infection of the duct. If this common in women who have never been pregnant?
Drainage: In most cases a simple incision and drainage can be done in the office. A needle can be used as well. Once the infection resolves, surgery may not be necessary in many cases. Doing surgery early often leads to unnecessary breast tissue being removed and deformity. Speak to your surgeon to find out what the plan is to be. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Periductal Mastitis: Periductal mastitis is a chronic infection of the nipple ducts that often requires excision of the affected duct and secondary healing. This is associated w/smoking; in my experience, the outcome is poor w/o quitting. This is very different from mastitis associated with breast feeding, which does not require surgical treatment (responsive to antibiotics). ...Read more
Probably no, but...: Most of the statistics I have seen show similar rates of lobular cancer in carriers of BRCA 1/2 mutations (which is the most common recognizable inherited breast cancer trait) compared to non-carriers. Exception: carriers of CDH1 mutations (hereditary diffuse gastric cancer syndrome) have high risk for aggressive stomach cancer and lobular breast cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stopped breast feeding; been 4 days.Have clogged ducts. Using cabbage leaves.Can i massage the clogged ducts? Will it stimulate more milk production?
Go see the familydoc: You need to be evaluated by a doctor to see if you are developing an infection in the breasts. Duct ectasia can feel like a small lump just under your nipple. The nipple and areola may become tender and irritated, and turn pink or red. You will see thick, sticky discharge from your nipple. This discharge is benign, and can be black, grey or greenish in color. You may need an ultrasound. ...Read more
I used a hot compress on my breast to help block milk ducts. (Breast feeding) now my breast are very tender and painful. Why & what do I do now?
Mastitis: You need to get in touch with your OB and let them know. It is not uncommon with breast feeding women to get blocked milk ducts - this can be very tender. If a secondary infection occurs due to the blocked ducts, this is called mastitis and may require antibiotics to treat. Don't delay, call your doctor and let them know what's going on.(There will be somebody on-call for them if it's after hours) ...Read more
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