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Is mastitis normal during pregnancy?

Is mastitis normal during pregnancy?

Mastitis: Mastitis during breastfeeding is not normal but is certainly very common. It is caused by overgrowth of bacteria in milk-containing ducts. It is managed with oral antibiotics and continuation of breast feeding to empty the milk ducts. Mastitis while breastfeeding is not a sign of breast cancer. Read more

Dr. Katharine Cox
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If I was never pregnant, and am not pregnant, and am mastitis or lactating, what could be the problem?

If I was never pregnant, and am not pregnant, and am mastitis or lactating, what could be the problem?

See your doctor: Prolactin is the hormone that stimulates lactation.If you are lactating and are not pregnant or recently delivered you want to see your doctor and be evaluated. Read more

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Could one have mastitis even if you're not pregnant or breastfeeding?

Could one have mastitis even if you're not pregnant or breastfeeding?

Yes: Yes although it wouldn't be terribly common. If you have redness, heat, swelling, burning - any of the above see a doctor and get checked. Read more

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If there's a remaining mass in my breast because of mastitis and I got pregnant again is there a possibility that it will lose if I breastfeed again?

If there's a remaining mass in my breast because of mastitis and I got pregnant again is there a possibility that it will lose if I breastfeed again?

Get checked out: There are some masses that form during breastfeeding that often resolve when milk production ends. I highly recommend that you get evaluated by a breast specialist. The mass should be evaluated fully. If it persists, then you may need a biopsy. Read more

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What can cause a breast infection in a teenage girl that has never been pregnant?

What can cause a breast infection in a teenage girl that has never been pregnant?

Hygiene issues: Skin bacteria from improper or non-clensing over the breast and nipples can enter the breast and cause an infection. Dirty bras are a known culprit and must be laundered often especially after exercise. Read more

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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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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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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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What are the symptoms of mastitis in brrastfeeding?

What are the symptoms of mastitis in brrastfeeding?

Pain, fever: Mastitis, or breast infection, while breastfeeding is very common. Some symptoms: severe pain, redness, a lump, pus coming from the skin or nipple, fever and chills. The treatements include: drainage-by needle or surgical cut and antibiotics. Please consult your doctor for evaluation. Read more

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What is the best tretment for granulomastosa mastitis?

GM: Methotrexate alone or in combination with steroids has been used with good success. Treatment with a combination of glucocorticoids and prolactin lowering medications such as bromocriptine or Cabergoline was used with good success, steroid therapy for approx 6 months can be effective too, but can cause other undersirable side effects. Read more

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How can u get rid of mastitis?

How can u get rid of mastitis?

Patience: 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. Read more

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What is the best treatment for mastitis?

Fully empty: Warm compresses or hot showers, massage of the firm area, ensure full emptying of your breasts if you have persistent redness or develop fevers or chills, see your physician. Read more

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Can you breastfeed along with mastitis?

Can you breastfeed along with mastitis?

Absolutely: Yes, continuing to breastfeed is very helpful in mastitis. The stagnation of milk within the breast provides the food/substrate for the bacteria to cause the mastitis. Regular flow prevents this and helps to resolve the mastitis. Breastfeeding is the best means of emptying the breast of milk (better than pumping). Working with a lactation consultant is highly recommended. Read more

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Can I breastfeed my baby if I have mastitis?

Can I breastfeed my baby if I have mastitis?

Mastitis: Yes, it is safe to nurse your baby with the infected breast. The main cause for the mastitis is your baby not emptying the breast during feedings. Read more

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Is it normal to have mastitis after weaning?

Is it normal to have mastitis after weaning?

Yes: Anytime you have milk sitting in the breast, you can end up with mastitis. Your doctor can give you antibiotics for the infection and using cold or heat packs (or cabbage leaves) can help with the pain. You may want to express some milk to help with the pain and give it by bottle or cup, but the more stimulation you give your breasts the more milk and the longer you'll produce. Read more

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Should I still empty my breasts if I have Mastitis?

Should I still empty my breasts if I have Mastitis?

Yes: Yes, but do not use the milk. It should give some relief in contrast to an engorged breast. Alternating ice and moist heat every 20-30 minutes is helpful along with an antibiotic. Read more

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What is the best treatment for granulomastosa mastitis?

It depends: 1. Control of high prolactin levels with medication if present. 2. Control of blood sugar if diabetes mellitus is present. 3. Occasionally immune modulating drugs are used if first 2 issues are managed or not relevant. Read more

Dr. Greg Pahnke
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