Every woman will have swollen or painful breasts at some point in her life. The physiological changes that occur in each major stage of life can have dramatic effects on the breasts. At times, tender breasts can also be accompanied by redness of the nipples or areola. The swelling in the breast can cause discomfort for the women. Most of the time, swelling is not a major concern, but it can be an indicator of devastating illnesses that can be fatal.
HOW IS SWELLING IN BREASTS DIAGNOSED?
Doctor will usually examine breasts and armpits to look for any lumps or other changes. Sometimes a biopsy of an obvious lump is arranged, but other tests may be done first such as:
Mammogram. This is a special X-ray of the breast tissue.
Ultrasound scan of the breast.
MRI scan of the breast. This is more commonly performed on younger women, who may have denser breast tissue.
HOW IS SWELLING IN BREASTS TREATED?
Antibiotics are prescribed to reduce swelling of breasts due to any infection. Hormone related Swelling in Breasts may be treated through hormonal therapy. If the swelling is due to cancer, then removal of breasts followed by chemotherapy is followed
DID YOU KNOW?
Premenstrual syndrome is a common cause of Swelling in Breasts