Mastitis is a condition that makes your breasts hot, painful, and swollen. It is usually common in lactating women. However, men can also get this disease. It is a major issue experienced by women who breastfeed, specifically in the early few weeks after delivery. The incidence rates of the condition are reported to be about 20% in developed countries.
The Signs and Symptoms of Mastitis
Some of the symptoms of mastitis include the following:
- A swollen area around your breast might feel painful and hot on the touch. The infected area might get reddened, but it may become hard enough to check if your skin is dark in color.
- A lump shaped like a wedge or engorgement of the breasts.
- A burning sensation in your breast, especially when you are breastfeeding your baby.
- Discharge from the nipple that might be in the form of a white fluid only or with streaks of blood.
- You may get symptoms associated with flues, such as chills, high temperature, aches, and lethargy.
The Causes of Mastitis
Some of the common causes of mastitis include the following:
- Smoking as toxins that are found in tobacco might damage the tissue of the breast
- Damage to your nipple, including skin conditions such as eczema or piercing in the skin or nipple
- Implantation of the breast
- Having a weaker immunity because of a health condition such as diabetes
Plucking off hair or shaving from your breast
The Treatment Options for Mastitis
If you have an infection, getting a 10-day course of antibiotics is most often necessary. It is necessary to take the medications to minimize any chance it takes of recurrence of the condition. If the condition doesn’t get treated right after antibiotics, then it is important you realize that you need to follow up with a physician. You might also be prescribed pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
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