Breast infection, is an infection that occurs within the breast tissues. Breast infections are most common among women who are breastfeeding, when bacteria from a baby’s mouth enters and infects the breast. This is also called lactation mastitis. Infection are typically affects the fatty tissues in breast which causes swelling, lumps, and pain. Although most infections are due to breastfeeding or clogged milk ducts, a small percentage of breast infections are associated with few and rare kinds of breast cancers for which you should consult with doctor for breast infection treatment.
Causes of Breast Infections
The causes of most of the breast infections is staphylococcus aurous bacteria, which causes what is commonly known as a staph infection which bring you towards the breast infection treatment. Streptococcus agalactiae is the second most common cause of breast infection.
Mothers who are on breastfeeding, a plugged milk duct can cause milk to back up an infection to begin. Cracked nipples also increase the risk of breast infections. Bacteria from the baby’s mouths enters through the nipples and cause an infection. The bacteria that mostly causes infection are also normally found on the skin, even when no infection is happening. If bacteria get into the breast tissues, these can be multiply quickly and cause painful symptoms.
You can continue to breastfeed even when you have a mastitis infection because the bacteria are not harmful to your body. This infections usually occurs in the first few weeks of breastfeeding, but it can occur later and leads you towards the breast infection treatment.
Symptoms of Breast Infection
Symptoms of breast infection can start these symptoms
- Abnormal swelling, leading to one breast becoming larger than the other.
- Breast tenderness
- Pain or burning during breastfeeding
- A painful lump in the breast
- Itching in breast
- Warm breast
- Nipple discharge that contains pus
- Skin redness in a wedge shape patterns
- Enlarged lymph nodes on the armpits or neck region
- Fever over 101°F or 38.3°C
- Feeling ill or rundown
You may experience flu-like symptoms prior to noticing any changes in your breast after which you can come and get breast infection treatment. Contact us if you have any combination of these symptoms.
Breast Infection Treatment
Ten to fourteen days course of antibiotics is generally the most effective form of treatment for this type of infection, and most women feel relief within 48to 72 hours. It is important to take all medication as prescribed to make sure the infection does not occur again. Women may continue to breastfeed whether she is on antibiotics, but if nursing is uncomfortable, you can use a breast pump to relieve engorgement and prevent a loss of milk supply.
If you have an abscess due to a severeinfection of the breast, it may need to be lanced and drained. This will help to heal faster. You can continue breastfeed, but seek guidance from our gynecologist and consultant for breast infection treatment.