MASTITIS
Description


 
  Symptoms
Breast - pain      Breast - skin redness Breast - swelling
Breast - warmth Breast - with lump(s) Chills
Fatigue/exhaustion Fever  Head - ache
  Description

Mastitis is an inflammation of the breast. There are three principal causes:

-  Infection, which accounts for about half of cases and is almost always bacterial.

- Blocked ducts that force the milk to drain into nearby breast tissue, causing the tissue to become inflamed.

-  Engorgement.

Mastitis most commonly affects women who are breast-feeding but sometimes occurs in women that are not in that condition.

Symptoms are flu-like. The lump felt in one breast is usually caused by milk getting into the breast tissue instead of the milk ducts. 

  Diagnosis

Diagnosis of mastitis is usually based on physical examination of the breast. However, ultrasound and a breast milk culture can be recommended.

  More information:
Mastitis Treatment
Mastitis Healthcare Centers
 

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