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Doctor insights on: Signs And Symptoms Of Breast Infection

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What are symptoms of breast infection?

What are symptoms of breast infection?

Breast infection: Signs and symptoms of breast infection include redness, tenderness, discharge, and swelling. Because these symptoms can also be seen in inflammatory breast cancer, it is important to check with your doctor. Treatment may include antibiotics, warm soaks, or surgical drainage. ...Read more

Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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Is breast infection common?

Is breast infection common?

Yes: Infections of the breasts can occur for many reasons but are most common with breastfeeding. Without breastfeeding, infections of the skin surrounding the breast and also the nipple can occur. Appropriate treatment is wise as any breast changes should be closely monitored. ...Read more

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How do you get breast infection?

Mastitis: Mastitis usually occurs in breast feeding when a milk duct 'gets clogged' and the are behind it gets sore, warm, red, swollen. The treatment is to stay hydrated and oral antibiotics directed at staph bacteria. Also any 'break' in the skin can cause skin/breast infection (e.g. Piercing, trauma...). ...Read more

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How does a breast infection look?

How does a breast infection look?

Like any other: Infection, pain swelling redness and elevated temperature. ...Read more

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What's done for a breast infection?

What's done for a breast infection?

ABX +/- Drainage: Mastitis is usually secondary to normal skin bacteria entering the milk ducts, leading to an infection; this is most common when breastfeeding. A short course of antibiotics will usually clear-up the infection; however, if a collection of pus is present (abscess), this requires drainage. Drainage is best done via repeated aspirations; if unsuccessful, surgical drainage (i and d) may be necessary. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a breast infection?

How do I know if I have a breast infection?

Pain, redness, fever: Generally, a significant breast infection (mastitis) may cause sharp, shooting pains- especially when the baby is nursing. In addition, you may experience flu-like symptoms with body aches, fever, or red hot spots on the breast. A minor breast infection may show up with less irritation, redness, itching, or scaling. If in doubt, it is wise to contact your doctor. ...Read more

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What are the possible outcomes of a breast infection?

What are the possible outcomes of a breast infection?

Varied: It depends on the site and source3 of the infection. If treated properly the outcome should be good. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a breast infection would that make my mental conditions worse?

Possibly: If you became septic it could cause significant problems. Please seek medical assistance for your infection if you have not already done so. ...Read more

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I have a history of breast infection, is there anything I can do to try to avoid it?

Breast infections: Try to improve your overall health and boost your immune system.
Eat lots of fruits and veggies, good protein. Avoid high fructose corn syrup and most sugars. Do not drink diet drinks. Very moderate on alcohol. Don;t smoke. Take multivitamins, vit d3, kelp tablets (for iodine), at least 1000 mg vitamin c per day.
Exercise. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for breast infection?

What is the treatment for breast infection?

Antibiotics: Breast infection/mastitis will usually respond to antibiotics and if lactating establishing proper emptying which is best done by breastfeeding. If an abscess developes, it may require aspiration and/or open drainage. ...Read more

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Can strep cause a breast infection?

Can strep cause a breast infection?

Yes: Beta hemolytic streptococci can cause breast infections although staphylococcus aureus is the more common cause. ...Read more

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Mastitis (breast infection) solution?

Mastitis (breast infection) solution?

See your doctor: These symptoms can only be adequately diagnosed only after a thorough evaluation by your doctor. This may include labs and other satudies. Once all of the information is in, your doctor can let you know what's going on, and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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Breast infection in 16 year old? What should I do?

Rare, have checked: Have a doctor see this indiv. Unless breastfeeding or a history of trauma to the breast with an open wound, such an infection is rare. The doctor will be able to determine if it's an infection and what treatment is necessary. The doctor will also determine if there's another type of problem. Hope this is helpful. ...Read more

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Can a bad breast infection cause extreme headaches?

Can a bad breast infection cause extreme headaches?

It could: Any significant infection that leads to systemic inflammation can cause headaches - just like in the case of a bad case of the flu virus. But if it's the worst headache of your life or you have a stiff neck seek urgent care. ...Read more

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

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

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

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Can a woman get a breast infection if she is not producing milk?

Can a woman get a breast infection if she is not producing milk?

Yes.: Breast infections are often associated with milk production, however, it is possible for women to develop infections in the absence of lactation. Risk factors include diabetes and injury to the breast. ...Read more

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Is strep related to breast infection?

Is strep related to breast infection?

Possibly: "strep" (streptococcus) are bacteria that can many infections. Strep throat is caused by "group a" strep, which can also cause skin and soft tissue infections. A breast infection can definitely be caused by this type of strep, and antibiotics are needed. ...Read more

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Is it usual to get a breast infection after radiation?

Is it usual to get a breast infection after radiation?

Possible: Radiation treatment can cause significant changes to the skin and breast tissue including ulcerations, redness, and long-term problems such as fibrosis (hardening). These changes can look similar to infection but usually are not; ask your radiation oncologist. ...Read more

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I've still got pus coming out of breast infection. What do I do?

Get medical: Assessment promptly if your breast is infected. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get a mastitis (breast) infection without nursing?

Yes: Its known as non-lactional mastitis. You can also be at increased risk of developing this if you are a smoker. ...Read more

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I have a breast infection and had drainage and breast incision done today, what to do?

I have a breast infection and had drainage and breast incision done today, what to do?

Breast infection: Follow the doctors instructions. Complete antibiotic therapy if given. Change dressings as recommended. Keep any follow up appointments. See what the results of the cultures showed and that the antibiotics covered those bacteria. ...Read more

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What can I do for pimples on breast infection?

What can I do for pimples on breast infection?

If you already have: An infected breast - please seek medical evaluation ; treatment. ...Read more

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Can taking medroxyprogesterone cause breast infection or cancer?

Uncertain: The whi study carried out by the nih in the last decade found an increase in the rate of breast cancer in women taking Medroxyprogesterone acetate (mpa) plus mixed conjugated equine estrogens, but not in women taking the estrogen alone. This casts suspicion of mpa but it certainly does not prove that it increases the risk of breast cancer. It does not increase the risk of breast infections. ...Read more

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Mastitis breast infection help needed--what do I do besides warm packs?

Mastitis breast infection help needed--what do I do besides warm packs?

See your doctor: You should be evaluated by a breast specialist and may need a needle or surgical drainage of the area.

This can be a long term problem and may require antibiotics. ...Read more

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I've had a double breast infection for two weeks now. Keep breastfeeding?

Yes: Make plans to be evaluated, concurrently. You may need antibiotics. In which case, your doctor will advise you how to proceed with breast feeding. ...Read more

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I have a breast infection and its very painful. I want to keep breastfeeding. How can I do that?

I have a breast infection and its very painful. I want to keep breastfeeding. How can I do that?

Traubling problem: Formation of breast abscesses is a troubling problem, milk cysts (small collection of milk in the breast tissue will infected) some times may need antibiotics, and drainage of abscess, during this period may not able to feed. Warm compresses will help. ...Read more

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Can breast infection cause swollen upper arm?

Can breast infection cause swollen upper arm?

Only if severe: Breast infections drain to the lymph nodes in the arm pit. These are the same lymph nodes for your arm so if these nodes are severly activated, they could cause swelling in the arm. Have it checked. ...Read more

Dr. Dhaval Shah
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