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5ms ago I had an i&d caused by mastitis. Then recently I noticed that the infected breast, the middle part of nipple became inverted. Is it normal?

5ms ago I had an i&d caused by mastitis. Then recently I noticed that the infected breast, the middle part of nipple became inverted. Is it normal?

No: Inverted nipples are abnormal they can be due to infection scar tissue or benign tumor's. Rarely at your age they could be a breast cancer. You need to see a primary care doctor in person for specific diagnosis and treatment ...Read more

Dr. Parul Krishnamurthy
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Breasts Engorged (Definition)

Breasts are swollen and firm due to breast milk excess. This often happens when milk production exceeds amount of milk baby is taking. Engorgement also occurs when "milk comes in" switching from colostrum to mature milk ...Read more


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What is mastitis, what causes it and can a 18 year old have it? I have inverted nipples and breast firmness

What is mastitis, what causes it and can a 18 year old have it? I have inverted nipples and breast firmness

Mastitis: Mastitis is inflammation of the breast glandular tissue. Most commonly it is seen in lactating women in whom due to inadequate milk evacuation and superimposing infection an inflammation develops. Otherwise, mastitis is not that common. Traumas to the nipples (piercing, excessive rubbing, etc.) may potentially predispose to mastitis but those are much less frequent than in cases of lactation. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Breasts engorged?

What is the definition or description of: Breasts engorged?

Breasts engorged: Breasts are swollen and firm due to breast milk excess. This often happens when milk production exceeds amount of milk baby is taking. Engorgement also occurs when "milk comes in" switching from colostrum to mature milk several days after birth. ...Read more

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How likely is it that I could have developed mastitis from partner sucking breast?

How likely is it that I could have developed mastitis from partner sucking breast?

Possible: It is possible to get mastitis from your scenario. Aspirin, advil (ibuprofen), warm compresses and supportive bra will help. See your physician if it continues to get worse - more red, hard or with pus. Best wishes. ...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

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Mastitis (breast infection) solution?

See your doctor: These symptoms can only be adequately diagnosed only after a thorough evaluation by your doctor. This may include labs and other satudies. Once all of the information is in, your doctor can let you know what's going on, and what to do to help you. ...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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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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Breastfeeding my three day old. My breasts are very full and she does not fully empty them. Is that okay or will I develop mastitis?

Breastfeeding my three day old. My breasts are very full and she does not fully empty them. Is that okay or will I develop mastitis?

Breast feeding?: There is one major cause and that would be how well she is latching. If she is not on so that most of the arola is covered and just on the nipple itself, she will not get the milk out as she needs and you will get very sore. If you are so full she can't latch, try expressing some milk in advance to soften the area to make it easier for her to get on well. Lactation consult is a great help too. ...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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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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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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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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Can mastitis increase the risk of breast cancer?

Can mastitis increase the risk of breast cancer?

No: Inflammation of the breast does not increase risk for breast cancer. However, there is a distict type of a very agressive breast cancer that can present like inflammation- a.K.A- inflammatory breast cancer-which is presented with redness, swelling breast with thickening over the skin area over the breast. One has to be very careful enough and not to miss the inflammatory breast cancer. ...Read more

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I have symptoms of what's probably mastitis, but worried about inflamatory breast cancer.?

I have symptoms of what's probably mastitis, but worried about inflamatory breast cancer.?

Get checked!: Mastitis is due to an infection. This is usually accompanied with other signs of infection-- fever, chills. The appearance of both can be similar. Both conditions warrant medical evaluation and treatment. Please see a qualified physician soon. ...Read more

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How can a breast surgery perform to drain ducts in a case of mastitis?

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 more

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How to dry breast milk I have mastitis and I decided to stop breastfeeding I need something to dry breast milk

Will stop: Once you stop breastfeeding, milk production will stop on its own. If you have mastitis, I recommend you pump to keep the ducts open and help clear the infection. Speak with your gynecologist or find a breast surgeon to help you. ...Read more

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What are the differences between inflammatory breast cancer and mastitis?

What are the differences between inflammatory breast cancer and mastitis?

Cancer v. Infection: Inflammatory breast cancer is an aggressive subtype of invasive breast cancer, characterized by the spread of cancer cells into the lymphatics of the skin of the breast, giving the breast the appearance of an infection. Treatment is directed at chemo first followed by mastectomy and then radiation therapy. Unfortunately, diagnosis is often delayed due to the misdiagnosis of mastitis. ...Read more

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Is mastitis purely developed from breast feeding, lactation etc or just the sucking of nipple that develops it and therefore infects?

Mastitis: There are 2 types of mastitis:
1- lactational, breast feeding related
2- non lactational: could be related to trauma to breast, infections elsewhere in the body, e.g. Uti, teeth work, sinusitis, etc. ...Read more

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My breast has been irritating me. I have all the symptoms of mastitis: red, tender, painful. What should I do?

See your doctor: These symptoms can only be adequately diagnosed only after a thorough evaluation by your doctor. This may include labs and other satudies. Once all of the information is in, your doctor can let you know what's going on, and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get a mastitis (breast) infection without nursing?

Yes: Its known as non-lactional mastitis. You can also be at increased risk of developing this if you are a smoker. ...Read more

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How is a breast surgery performed to drain ducts in a case of mastitis?

How is a breast surgery performed to drain ducts in a case of mastitis?

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

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If there's a remaining mass in my breast because of mastitis and I got pregnant again is there a possibility that it will lose if I breastfeed again?

If there's a remaining mass in my breast because of mastitis and I got pregnant again is there a possibility that it will lose if I breastfeed again?

Get checked out: There are some masses that form during breastfeeding that often resolve when milk production ends.
I highly recommend that you get evaluated by a breast specialist. The mass should be evaluated fully. If it persists, then you may need a biopsy. ...Read more

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How long does breast aches associated with mastitis last?

Depends on cause.: Infectious mastitis (and the pain associated with it) resolves as the infection is treated with antibiotics. However, some mastitis is hormone-related and occurs each and every month with menstrual cycles, or can occur when oral contraceptives (hormones) are changed. Recurrent mastitis can aslo be seen in breast feeding mothers, which is a combination of the two issues above. Every woman is unique. ...Read more

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How long does breast lumpiness associated with mastitis last?

How long does breast lumpiness associated with mastitis last?

4-6 weeks: Once the abscess is treated (drainage and antibiotics), there can be residual lumpiness that is inflammed tissue. This can take at least 4-6 weeks to resolve and feel like "normal" lumpy breast tissue. ...Read more

Dr. Parul Krishnamurthy
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Clogged Milk Duct (Definition)

Clogged Milk Ducts can occur during breastfeeding when milk production exceeds nursing by the baby. Milk backs up within the duct and causes pain, swelling and ...Read more


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

Breast Lump= a painful ...Read more