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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
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
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
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
"yes": Most common post -partum but other times infection or inflammation can occur but always this has to be checked by a md for the rare possibility of inflammatory breast cancer males they luck out again -- rare- I have only 2 in 3! years with cysts and infection -one due to trauma-- one with 2nd dcis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Breast infection : Mastitis is an infection in the tissue of the breast. It usually caused by a common bacteria (like staph or strep) found on skin. The bacteria enter through a break or crack in the skin, usually on the nipple. The infection takes place in the fatty tissue of the breast and causes swelling. This can feel like a hard, painful lump and may be red or warm. You may have a fever and flu like symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Treatment: Mastitis can be a difficult problem to treat and usually takes several months to do so. The key is to treat the acute abscess with drainage and antibiotics only. Once the acute infection has been treated, then surgery can be performed to remove the breast tissue causing the problem. This prevents unnecessary tissue removal and breast deformity. Find a breast specialist for best results. ...Read more
Mastitis: Mastitis in a non-lactating women is not common. It can be cause by normal bacteria, some forms of resistant bacteria or can be a sign of a more serious breast issue. I would strongly encourage you see a surgeon who treats breast condition to confirm that this is a simple infection. ...Read more
Resolve w/ treatment: Malaise with a breast abscess is not a common symptom. This usually means a more serious infection that may be beyond the breast. Treatment for a breast abscess include drainage/aspiration and antibiotics. I highly recommend you contact your doctor for a complete evaluation. ...Read more
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