Mastitis


Specialty of Obstetrics & gynaecology

Mastitis is an inflammation of the mammary gland caused most of the times by an infection. It often occurs when a woman is breastfeeding, the skin of the nipples may crack and let the bacteria living on the skin penetrate the fatty tissue of the breast. The proliferation of bacteria produces an abscess, which blocks the milk ducts in the breast. The usual symptoms of breast inflammation include sore breasts, bloating, having a tender area and reddened, swollen glands in the armpits, fever, chills, fatigue, etc. To fight the infection the doctor usually prescribes antibiotics and some analgesics for pain relief. Other recommendations are the local application of heat using wet cloths, extreme hygiene, removal of breast milk, getting enough rest and drink plenty of liquids. In any case, women can continue to breastfeed.


*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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