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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Breast Infection

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Can strep cause a breast infection?

Can strep cause a breast infection?

Yes: Beta hemolytic streptococci can cause breast infections although staphylococcus aureus is the more common cause. ...Read more

Dr. Dhaval Shah
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Breast Infection (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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What can cause a breast infection in a teenage girl that has never been pregnant?

What can cause a breast infection in a teenage girl that has never been pregnant?

Hygiene issues: Skin bacteria from improper or non-clensing over the breast and nipples can enter the breast and cause an infection. Dirty bras are a known culprit and must be laundered often especially after exercise. ...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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Can a bad breast infection cause extreme headaches?

Can a bad breast infection cause extreme headaches?

It could: Any significant infection that leads to systemic inflammation can cause headaches - just like in the case of a bad case of the flu virus. But if it's the worst headache of your life or you have a stiff neck seek urgent care. ...Read more

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Can breast infection cause swollen upper arm?

Can breast infection cause swollen upper arm?

Only if severe: Breast infections drain to the lymph nodes in the arm pit. These are the same lymph nodes for your arm so if these nodes are severly activated, they could cause swelling in the arm. Have it checked. ...Read more

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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

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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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Dr. Julie Abbott
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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