Mastitis

ExitCare ImageMastitis is redness, soreness, and puffiness (inflammation) in an area of the breast. It is often caused by an infection that occurs when bacteria enter the skin. The infection is often helped by antibiotic medicine.

HOME CARE

  • Only take medicines as told by your doctor.

  • If your doctor prescribed an antibiotic medicine, take it as told. Finish it even if you start to feel better.

  • Do not wear a tight or underwire bra. Wear a soft support bra.

  • Drink more fluids, especially if you have a fever.

  • If you are breastfeeding:

  • Keep emptying the breast. Your doctor can tell you if the milk is safe. Use a breast pump if you are told to stop nursing.

  • Keep your nipples clean and dry.

  • Empty the first breast before going to the other breast. Use a breast pump if your baby is not emptying your breast.

  • If you go back to work, pump your breasts while at work.

  • Avoid letting your breasts get overly filled with milk (engorged).

GET HELP IF:

  • You have pus-like fluid leaking from your breast.

  • Your symptoms do not get better within 2 days.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • Your pain and puffiness are getting worse.

  • Your pain is not helped by medicine.

  • You have a red line going from your breast toward your armpit.

  • You have a fever or lasting symptoms for more than 2–3 days.

  • You have a fever and your symptoms suddenly get worse.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.