Breast which is composed of several glands and tissues. Its infection is known as mastitis, which occurs within the breast tissue. This breast infection is common among mothers who lact breast milk to their infants. It happens when infection from infants or baby’s mouth enters and infects the breast. Mastitis is not common in womens who are not breastfeeding, but there are chances that it may occur.
Mastitis affects fatty tissues of breast, which lead to swelling, pain, and lumps. This kind of infection is seen in mothers who are breastfeeding their baby’s.
Breast infection also has some common symptoms such as -
Apart from them there are symptoms like itching in the breast, pain or burning sensations, abnormal swelling, skin redness, flu like symptoms, and changes in breast also appears in such cases.
Symptoms of severe breast infection could also lead to inflammatory breast cancer in which unusual warmth in the affected breast seen, breast tenderness and pain are also seen in breast cancer cases. Thickness or enlargement is seen, discoloration of chest is also reported in these cases.
Treatment of breast infection include -
In the case of mastitis, which is not cancer. It is just an infection which goes away slowly. Just to rule out cancer, a doctor may advise for a mammogram, which is a test to detect breast cancer. After treatment of breast, infection doctor may advise you following -
Take all prescribed medications on time.
In mastitis prevention, it is necessary to feed equally from both breasts. Empty your breast completely to prevent from blocked ducts. Allow crack or sore nipples to air dry. Avoid dehydration and drink a lot of water. Be hygienic and keep your infant clean.
If you are breastfeeding then you can use these tips and prevent yourself from breast infections -