Is mastitis contagious?
Mastitis is not contagious.
Author: Bow Tauro
First answered: 28 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Mastitis is an inflammation of the breast tissue. It commonly occurs in women who are breastfeeding, usually within the first three months. It typically causes pain and redness in the breast.
Signs and symptoms of mastitis include: discomfort or pain in the breast; a red and swollen wedged area on the breast; a blocked milk duct or lump; shivers and aches; high temperature or fever, and; tiredness and weakness.
Mastitis is caused by an infection in the breast. It begins with a duct in the nipple becoming blocked, usually in breastfeeding mothers. Bacteria from the surface of the skin or baby's mouth get trapped in the blocked duct or enter via cracked nipples. These bacteria …
Risk factors for mastitis include: having had mastitis before; blocked duct due to poor breast drainage from improper attachment of the baby to the breast; cracked nipples (though it can also occur without cracked nipples), and; restricted milk flow due to tight …
Mastitis can be diagnosed by your doctor after a physical examination and observation of your signs and symptoms including fever, chills and tenderness of the breast. A red, tender wedge-shaped area on the breast is also an indicator of mastitis.
It is important to begin treatment at the first signs of mastitis. Common treatment is oral antibiotics to fight the infection in your breast. It is important to tell your doctor if you are allergic to penicillin. Painkillers, such as acetaminophen, can also be …
Mastitis will not clear on its own. It is important to start treatment with antibiotics as soon as possible to avoid any complications, such as an abscess forming. If mastitis is identified and treated early, the condition will generally improve within 48 …