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Is Breast Aches A 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
Ovulation: No. Not in any way.Get a more detailed answer ›
Not usually: A particular or focal area of pain should be investigated with mammogram and/or sonogram, but breast pain all over is usually fibrocystic/hormonal pain. Breast cancer is usually a painless, hard, non-movable lump. Anytime you are concerned about changes in your breast, consult your doctor to see if additional testing is needed. ...Read more
Usually? no, but...: Most breast issues are not breast cancer. When all diagnoses are considered, breast cancer is not that common. However, if you give weight to those diagnoses you worry about, breast cancer becomes more prominent. Much depends on the breast symptom, age, genetic history, time from last mammogram, and physical exam. Please ask your OB to examine this issue. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not in general: Redness is not a common sign of most breast cancers, but it can be seen in a rare but aggressive type called inflammatory breast cancer. Your doctor can help you distinguish this unfortunate cause of redness from allergic skin reactions or infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly: Breast cancer sx's can include a mass. Masses that are painless, irregular ; hard are more suggestive of cancer but they can also be tender, painful ; soft. Swelling of the breast; thickened, red, skin; non-milky nipple discharge; new retraction of nipple, puckering or irritation of skin or pain ; sometimes swollen lymph nodes under the arm(s). For risk factors seek medical evaluation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
~10% of the time: Bloody nipple discharge is usually secondary to a benign tumor or chronic inflammation within the duct, with breast cancer a distant third. Any woman with bloody discharge requires breast evaluation, which will include a diagnostic mammogram+/-ultrasound, physical examination, and nipple aspiration cytology. If the results remain equivocal, a surgical biopsy (terminal duct excision) may be done. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Sometimes: There is an aggressive form of breast cancer that can present like an infection. There is usually not a mass and the infection does not resolve with antibiotics. Breast infections are very common in women who are breastfeeding. I recommend being evaluated by your physician and getting breast imaging. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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