Breast Infection

Below you will find more information about Breast Infection from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Breast Infection it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Breast Infection and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Breast Infection comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Breast infection is an infection affecting the breast tissue of nursing mothers characterized by swelling, redness, and pain in the breast. It is also alternatively known as mastitis.

Diagnosis

Breast infections may be diagnosed based on clinical symptoms and a physical examination. A physician will also commonly check for breast abscess, which may developd as a complication of breast infection.

Treatment

Breast infections can be treated with antibiotics along with some self-care remedies such as resting and drinking extra fluids.

Symptoms and Signs

Symptoms of breast infection can appear suddenly without warning, and may include: tenderness or sensation warmth in the affected breast; general malaise or feeling ill; breast swelling; skin redness appearing in a wedge-shaped pattern; pain or burning sensation while breast feeding; and high fever at 101 F (38.3 C) or greater. Breast infection typically affects nursing mothers, and more commonly occurs during breast feeding.

Causes

Breast infection results from a bacteria entering the breast and breaking through or cracking the skin of the nipple, and then penetrating the nipple's milk ducts. The invading bacterium usually comes from a nursing mother's skin surface or from her infant's mouth during breastfeeding. After entering the milk ducts, the organism can multiply and consequently cause an infection.

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