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History of lactational mastitis(3 rnds of abx 2 yrs ago).Not bf'ing now. Breast infection 2wks ago treated with doxy reoccured w/in wk. Treatment?

History of lactational mastitis(3 rnds of abx 2 yrs ago).Not bf'ing now. Breast infection 2wks ago treated with doxy reoccured w/in wk. Treatment?

BREAST INFECTION: Recurrent breast infection can recurr if not completely treated or spread from the previous infection. Sometimes they are resistant to the antibiotic. ...Read more

Dr. Greg Pahnke
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Tender Swollen Lump In Breast (Definition)

A tender swollen lump on the breast may be a sign of a breast ...Read more


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How do I know it is a breast abscess or mastitis?

How do I know it is a breast abscess or mastitis?

Need MD Evaluation: Common features of breast abscesses & mastitis include swelling and redness of the breast; however, an abscess is often associated with a new, tender, progressively-enlarging lump. The distinction may be subtle, requiring surgical evaluation +/- ultrasound. ...Read more

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Is breast inflammation or swelling a common symptom of mastitis?

Is breast inflammation or swelling a common symptom of mastitis?

Yes: As you breast feed, your breasts are initially engorged/swollen then soften as the milk is released. If you have a persistent area of swelling, redness in your breast, you may have a mastitis. See your health provider immediately to see if antibiotics are necessary for your condition. ...Read more

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Should I still empty my breasts if I have Mastitis?

Should I still empty my breasts if I have Mastitis?

Yes: Yes, but do not use the milk. It should give some relief in contrast to an engorged breast. Alternating ice and moist heat every 20-30 minutes is helpful along with an antibiotic. ...Read more

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What exactly is mastitis of the breast?

What exactly is mastitis of the breast?

Pain, fever: Mastitis, or breast infection, is very common. Some symptoms: severe pain, redness, a lump, pus coming from the skin or nipple, fever and chills. The treatements include: drainage-by needle or surgical incision and antibiotics. Please consult a general surgeon or breast surgeon for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Is it normal to go see a breast specialist due to mastitis?

Define specialist: If you mean seeing your obgyn or pcp, most can handle your average mastitis. If you mean a general surgeon or plastic surgeon, i'd say no. They could help, but i think they would wonder why you didn't see the other docs. ...Read more

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How long does breast firmness associated with mastitis last?

How long does breast firmness associated with mastitis last?

Abscess: Please make sure your doctor has you on antibiotics. You should improve in 1 week. Continue breast feeding or pumping. If it becomes more red, hot and firmer, you may have an abscess. This needs to be drained in order to see improvement. ...Read more

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I feel like I have mastitis but haven't breast fed in last 6 years. How is this possible?

Many other causes: There are many other potential causes for duct obstruction or co ditties which may mimic mastitis. If infection is present, antibiotics are likely indicated but further work up requires a detailed history, physical examination and imaging to determine the cause of your symptoms. Aspiration, incision and drainage, or excision may be indicated based on the findings. ...Read more