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What Is Prepubescent 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
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
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
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
Yes: Mastitis occurs most often when a bacteria grows in stagnant milk, but that's not the only way you can get mastitis. Cracked or bleeding skin in and around the nipple can allow bacteria to enter and cause the same infection. Clogged milk ducts also don't necessarily always lead to mastitis, and the pain may be similar. Check with your provider to insure the right diagnosis. ...Read more
Not likely: If the activity is very vigorous and especially if the man's teeth breaks the skin, there is a possibility of infection. If the breast is sore but no skin damage is evident, then the possibility of infection is remote. ...Read more
Mastitis: Once on antibiotics you can expect significant improvement in 2-3 days. If you don't feel better by tomorrow call your doctor. ...Read more
Mastitis is when your breasts are inflammed/infected. In severe cases, antibiotics are given.
If the process continues, you can develop an abscess. This is when pus present. If a large area is effected, an incision and drainage procedure is performed ("lancing"). This will evacuate the pus but you will now have a wound cavity to heal. Usually, this process does not recur in the same area. ...Read more
I am suffering from mastitis for the 4th time in 3 months; is it possible to wean on one side only?
Yes: I agree with dr magraw, but be aware that breast feeding on only one side will result in significant asymmetry which may not fully correct when completed. ...Read more
I have mastitis. It has been 10 days on antibiotics and it is still inflamed and hurts! Is this normal?
No: If you are not feeling better, you should check with your doctor. There may be a more serious infection. ...Read more
Why do I keep getting mastitis this is the 2nd time in 7 months. No I don't breastfeed. And didn't have the opportunity to do so.
Mastitis: While more common in breast feeding women, it does occur in non lactating women as well. Its usually comes from a nipple duct and travels up into the breast. It may be from excessive nipple play, poorly fitted bras or incomplete treatment of your mastitis leading to chronic colonization of the duct. ...Read more
Just been diagnosed with non-lactational mastitis for 3rd time. Internet says this is very rare so why do I get it so often? No long-term health issues
You need an exam: A possible biopsy to rule out something plugging the mammary duct like a congenital plug or neoplasia ...Read more