Mastitis is an inflammation of the breast tissue, which may also involve an infection. Common symptoms include breast pain, swelling, warmth, and redness, often accompanied by fever and chills.
This condition can affect anyone, but it is most seen in women who are breastfeeding (known as lactation mastitis). Nevertheless, mastitis can also occur in women who are not breastfeeding and even in men.
Lactation mastitis can be challenging for a breastfeeding mother, as it can make her feel fatigued and unwell, making it difficult to care for her baby. In some cases, mastitis may lead a mother to wean her baby earlier than planned. However, it is advised to continue breastfeeding, even while undergoing antibiotic treatment for mastitis, as it benefits both the mother and the baby.
Signs and symptoms of mastitis can manifest suddenly and may include:
If you experience any breast symptoms that worry you, it is important to seek medical advice from your doctor.
The primary cause of mastitis is milk that becomes trapped in the breast. Other contributing factors may include:
The following risk factors of mastitis includes:
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