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Treatments for Mastitis

Treatments for Mastitis:

The first step in treating mastitis is preventing its occurrence. Prevention includes maintaining good personal hygiene with frequent hand washing and washing the body with soap and water. It is important that women who are breastfeeding clean their nipples before and after each breastfeeding session. It is also a good idea to not stop breastfeeding suddenly and to wean a baby slowly from the breast. This prevents engorgement, which increases the risk of developing mastitis. In addition, promptly report any symptoms of mastitis or breast abscess to your licensed health care provider.

Mastitis is generally caused by a bacterial infection and is treated with antibiotics. Mastitis is usually curable with antibiotics if diagnosed and treated promptly. General supportive treatment includes rest, increased fluids, ensuring good nutrition, and applying a warm washcloth or warm compress to the inflamed area. Breastfeeding women do not always need to stop breastfeeding on the affected breast until the mastitis and infection has gone away. A woman should consult with her physician about how to proceed with breastfeeding until mastitis has cleared up. Medications for pain relief should only be taken as directed by a physician.

Treatment List for Mastitis

The list of treatments mentioned in various sources for Mastitis includes the following list. Always seek professional medical advice about any treatment or change in treatment plans.

Alternative Treatments for Mastitis

Alternative treatments or home remedies that have been listed as possibly helpful for Mastitis may include:

  • Continue breastfeeding
  • Massage breasts with warm castor oil
  • Warm compress
  • Belladonna homeopathic remedy
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Mastitis: Is the Diagnosis Correct?

The first step in getting correct treatment is to get a correct diagnosis. Differential diagnosis list for Mastitis may include:

Hidden causes of Mastitis may be incorrectly diagnosed:

  • Blocked breast ducts
  • Cracked nipples
  • Breast milk oversupply
  • Breast bacterial infection
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Latest treatments for Mastitis:

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Hospital statistics for Mastitis:

These medical statistics relate to hospitals, hospitalization and Mastitis:

  • 0.004% (459) of hospital consultant episodes were for infections of breast associated with childbirth in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 93% of hospital consultant episodes for infections of breast associated with childbirth required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 100% of hospital consultant episodes for infections of breast associated with childbirth were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 60% of hospital consultant episodes for infections of breast associated with childbirth required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
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Hospitals & Medical Clinics: Mastitis

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