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How long does breast erythema associated with breast abscess last?

How long does breast erythema associated with breast abscess last?

If treated....: If your abscess is treated appropriately with drainage and antibiotics, the fever should resolve within 48-72 hours. The erythema should also improve in that time. It can take up to 1 week for the redness to completely resolve. If the fever or redness persists, then contact your surgeon, the abscess may not have been completely drained. ...Read more

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How long does breast tenderness associated with mastitis last?

How long does breast tenderness 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 aches associated with mastitis last?

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

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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 had a stereo tactic breast biopsy 3 weeks ago. It was negative. Last night I came down with mastitis at the site. I'm on antibiotics. Is this common?

I had a stereo tactic breast biopsy 3 weeks ago. It was negative. Last night I came down with mastitis at the site. I'm on antibiotics. Is this common?

Mastitis: Anytime there is a surgical procedure there is a chance of an infection. Our skin is the ultimate barrier to bacteria that cause infection, many of which live on our skin. When that barrier is broken either by accident or on purpose by a surgical blade or needle those same bacteria can cause an infection. That is despite the best sterile procedure we can do. ...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?

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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How long i'd have to use the bainder in my breast so i don't get infection, mastitis, hard and swollen breast after a c-section, i can't breastfeed.

Only a few days: You don't have to use it and you are still likely to get engorged, but the binder will be somewhat helpful. Your breasts will be most uncomfortable for about a day. So long as you don't try to empty them, they will then start to go back to normal and the binder will no longer be necessary. ...Read more

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