Breasts are made up of four main tissue structures: fat tissue, glands, milk ducts, and connective tissue. The fat tissue is subject to fluctuations in fluid volume, which can cause Swelling in Breasts. This, in turn, can cause sore or tender breasts. Swelling in Breasts can cause physically obvious changes such as noticeably larger breasts. Additional symptoms of Swelling in Breasts include breast discomfort, and heavy-feeling breasts, among others.
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?
Breast swelling due to breast infections may be treated with antibiotics. The patient will be instructed to keep the breast tissue clean and dry to prevent further infection. A doctor may treat intense, hormone-related breast swelling and pain by prescribing birth control pills, which can relieve symptoms in some women. Another option is Depo-Provera, which eliminates menstrual periods for up to three months. A doctor can also prescribe low-dose male hormone pills to counteract the effects of excess estrogen. Breast cancer is treated according to its type, its location, and how advanced the cancer is.
DID YOU KNOW?
Premenstrual syndrome is a common cause of Swelling in Breasts