Mastitis General Information
Mastitis is the inflammation and irritation of the breasts and nipple. While normally only occurring in breast-feeding women it has been known to affect others as well. Symptoms are usually found in one breath and not both and include pain swelling and a red color. They may also include symptoms that would suggest influenza including fevers and chills. Mastitis can be both infectious and noninfectious and is caused by bacteria and blocked milk ducts respectively. Generally infectious mastitis develops out of untreated noninfectious mastitis so it is imperative to get treated right away. It generally occurs in about 10% of actively feeding mothers.
Please consult your physician if you believe you have this condition.
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