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Dr. Barry Rosen answered:

How do I know it is a breast abscess or mastitis?

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Common features of breast abscesses & mastitis include swelling and redness of the breast; however, an abscess is often associated with a new, tender, progressively-enlarging lump. The distinction may be subtle, requiring surgical evaluation +/- ultrasound.
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Can Mastitis go untreated?

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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!
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Dr. Greg R. Pahnke answered:

What are the medications that are prescribed to treat mastitis?

Oxicillin

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depend on allergies: IF NOT PENICIILLN allergic than: dicloxicylin duricef -keflex if PEN. allergic: bactrim Cleocin good if not breast feeding IF nursing -----ALL drugs must be discussed between OB-GYN and Surgeon
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Dr. Regina Hampton answered:

What can be done for Recurring mastitis?

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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.
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Dr. Greg R. Pahnke answered:

Is there any way to prevent recurring mastitis in a postpartum woman?

If Rx fails-surgery

we do everything not to operate especially in the post partum period BUT if LONG standing drainage-infection- drainage-- abscesses we will make a circumareolar incision and tie off the ducts under the nipple and remove all surrounding inflammatory tissue
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Dr. Regina Hampton answered:

Main differences between mastitis and ibc?

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Mastitis is a benign, infection, usually with an abscess. IBC is breast cancer that can look like an infection and not have a mass but is an aggressive form of breast cancer. A biopsy should be performed to make the diagnosis of IBC. Often the mammogram will be normal with minor changes.
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Dr. Regina Hampton answered:

How can u get rid of mastitis?

Patience

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Mastitis is an infection of the breast. They can be treated simply with antibiotics or may require surgical drainage if there is an abscess. If this is a problem that has been ongoing for a few months, you should see a breast specialist and possibly get a biopsy to make sure cancer is not present. Mastitis can be troublesome and long lasting but can resolve with appropriate care.
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Is it alright to take antibiotics for mastitis if my baby has thrush?

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Mastitis needs treatment. Your pain needs to be addressed. Seek care for your baby with your pediatrician, but don't forget to care for own medical care.
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Dr. Dariush Vaziri answered:

Can you get mastitis even if you aren't lactating?

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Mastitie in non nursing women is commonly associated with a condition called ductectasia which means dilated milk ducts. The fluid within the ducts can seep thru and cause an inflammatory reaction in the breast tissue causing mastitis. In addition any breast infection can cause mastitis and possible abscess formation. Nipple rings are common causes among other causes for causing breast infection.
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Dr. Kenneth R. Lee answered:

Possible breast infection (mastitis). How is this treated?

Antibiotics

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Mastitis is treated with antibiotics and warm compresses. If the infection becomes an abscess, surgical drainage may be in order. See your physician.
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