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What is mastitis?

What is mastitis?

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 more

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Is mastitis be harmful?

Is mastitis be harmful?

Possibly: If its not treated, it can be. If you are concerned for mastitis get seen, get treated. ...Read more

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How can I cure mastitis?

How can I cure mastitis?

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 more

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Can mastitis go untreated?

Can mastitis go untreated?

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 more

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What are signs of mastitis?

Pain,: redness, swelling, and possibly fever or other nonspecific systemic signs. ...Read more

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Why do I keep getting mastitis?

Why do I keep getting mastitis?

Mastitis: There are several risk factors for mastitis. These include not emptying the breasts completely, clogged ducts, and cracked nipples. Also, not getting enough rest can be a big risk factor. ...Read more

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Is mastitis found only in women?

Is mastitis found only in women?

"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 more

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How do I know if I have mastitis?

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 more

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What are the symptoms of mastitis?

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 more

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How can I treat and cure my mastitis?

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 more

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