Known as Mastisis in medical terms, breast infection can be caused by breast feeding when the bacteria gets transferred to the nipples from the baby’s mouth. It can also occur for women who are not lactating. The fatty tissue of the breasts usually gets affected due to this infection and chapped and sore nipples are usually the first sign of the infection’s onset.
HOW IS BREAST INFECTION DIAGNOSED?
In a breastfeeding woman, diagnosis of mastitis is based on a physical examination and a review of symptoms. In other cases, testing includes mammogram, breast MRI, and breast biopsy.
HOW IS BREAST INFECTION TREATED?
A 10 to 14 day course of antibiotics is generally the most effective form of treatment for this type of infection and most women feel relief within 48 to 72 hours. A breast pump can be used to relieve engorgement and prevent a loss of milk supply. Abscess should be drained. Self care is important like using warm compresses to ease pain, anti inflamatory medications and varied positions to breastfeed may help.
DID YOU KNOW?
Breast infections are usually caused by common bacteria known as Staphylococcus Aureus found on normal skin.