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How Do I Know If I Have Mastitis
Pain, hot, red, ill: The most common symptoms include pain or tenderness of the breast, redness of the skin- often in a wedge shaped pattern, warm feeling when touched, general feelings of illness and a fever. It typically happens in the first few weeks of nursing and is generally only on one side. See your doctor to confirm the diagnosis and get treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Infection: This is an infection of the breast. Plasma cell is a type of cell present in the infection. It is usually treated with drainage and antibiotics. This is a benign problem. ...Read more
Hello! I want to know what this tender spot that looks like a light pink place/feels like a bruise is on my breast! I'm scared that it may be Mastitis, but im an overall healthy person, and I dont have children and I dont breastfeed and I havent had any c
Possibly a cyst: A tender area on the breast with overlying redness could be many things. Fibrocystic disease is common, and depending on where you are in your cycle may have an effect. If it continues to worsen or if the redness is spreading I'd have a doctor take a look. A superficial skin infection can also be a possibility. ...Read more
Medication: Treatment usually requires a 10-14 day course of antibiotics. Be sure to take it all, even if you feel better before the medication is gone. It is also important to rest, get plenty of fluids and nurse frequently. If your baby won't nurse on that side, then empty your breast manually. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Fluids & Antibiotics: The mainstays of treatment for mastitis are rest, frequent warm compresses, increase in fluid intake (at least 8 glasses of water per day), frequent breastfeeding on affected side, and completing a course of antibiotic therapy. In addition, be vigilant about hand washing prior to nursing. Expressing milk frequently on the affected side is extremely important, and always complete antibiotic course. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: I can't imagine not treating mastitis... It makes you feel awful! frequent breastfeeding and antibiotics can help you feel better. Feeling better helps you take care of baby better, and improves the odds that you will continue to breastfeed, which is so good for both you and baby! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Inflammation: Mastitis is an inflammation of the mammary(breast) glands. The breast can get hard, red, warm and tender. It often is caused by clogging of the beast ducts during nursing which can lead to a breast infection. Warm compresses, adjustment in nursing techniques and sometimes antibiotics are needed fer resolution. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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