Breast Infections Symptoms and Treatments
Breast infections are among the most common benign breast problems, particularly during pregnancy and following childbirth. Breast infections can develop from a variety of causes and exhibit a number of symptoms. Here, we outline the various symptoms of breast infections for you to know when it is best to seek medical help.
You may feel anxious about visiting a breast clinic and fear the worst when finding any abnormalities in your breast. We understand the stress this can cause, but it is important to note that most breast infections are not a sign of something serious. Nevertheless, we do recommend you undertake a medical examination should you find any irregularities or are experiencing breast pain that is stopping you from everyday functions.
Mastitis can occur with or without infection and is sometimes associated when breastfeeding. Breast infection symptoms include inflammation and irritation, lumps, swelling of the breast, and general breast pain. Flu-like symptoms can also accompany breast infections, including aches, pains, and a high temperature.
In women who are breastfeeding, breast infections can be caused by injury to the nipple from the baby’s mouth. The infection can occur by the transfer of bacteria from the baby’s mouth to the breast. Another cause of breast infection is milk stasis, which is a build-up of milk within the breast that can lead to inflammation and infection. If you are suffering from a breast infection, you can continue to breastfeed your baby, but make sure you seek medical help to stop the infection from worsening. Breast infections can also occur in women who are not breastfeeding. This can be due to a variety of reasons, such as physical injury to the breast or bacteria entering through a cracked nipple.
Most breast infections are not a sign of a more serious condition, such as breast cancer, but it is important to be breast aware. Visit our blog to learn more about the early signs of breast cancer. If you exhibit any of these symptoms, please seek a medical examination and do not leave the breast infection untreated. While the symptoms can be painful or worrying for you, most breast infections are benign and can be easily treated.
How to Treat a Breast Infection
If you are suffering from a breast infection, we recommend you book a medical examination to make sure there is no serious underlying problem. Suffolk Breast Practice will do all we can to put you at ease and ensure you receive the highest standard of care and advice. In the meantime, there are a number of steps you can take to ease the discomfort of a breast infection.
It is best to get plenty of rest and to stay hydrated throughout the day. Take care of the infected area by avoiding tight-fitted clothing where possible. You may also find that over-the-counter medications can help reduce the discomfort of a breast infection. However, if you see no progress or, indeed, if the infection becomes worse, you should book an appointment for a medical evaluation as soon as possible.
Untreated breast infections can cause further complications, such as the development of breast abscesses. If you are concerned that you may have a breast infection and it is giving you discomfort, please book an appointment or call 07908 447 568
We understand how concerning it can be to experience symptoms related to breast infections. At Suffolk Breast Practice, we adhere to an ethical code of conduct that places the patient as our top priority. It is our ethos to provide you with relevant information in a non-judgemental and impartial way, ensuring you receive the highest standard of care and advice possible.
We will agree a treatment plan with you according to the type of breast infection you have. Non-breastfeeding women may receive either a mammogram (x-ray) or breast biopsy to determine whether the condition is malignant. If symptoms persist, surgery may be required to remove one or more milk ducts if necessary. This is usually performed under general anaesthetic to increase the comfort of the patient.
At Suffolk Breast Practice, we will only operate if necessary and under the full consent of the patient. We offer an empathetic service and will support you throughout your treatment and any follow-up care we advise.