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Causes of Mastitis

Causes of Mastitis

Mastitis is caused by bacteria, usually Staphylococcus aureus, which is found on normal skin. Most likely S. aureus from the baby's nasal passages enters the breast tissue through a break or crack around the nipple area.

List of causes of Mastitis

Following is a list of causes or underlying conditions (see also Misdiagnosis of underlying causes of Mastitis) that could possibly cause Mastitis includes:

  • Blocked breast ducts
  • Cracked nipples
  • Breast milk oversupply
  • Breast bacterial infection

Mastitis Causes: Risk Factors

The following conditions have been cited in various sources as potentially causal risk factors related to Mastitis:

Mastitis: Related Medical Conditions

To research the causes of Mastitis, consider researching the causes of these these diseases that may be similar, or associated with Mastitis:

Mastitis: Causes and Types

Causes of Broader Categories of Mastitis: Review the causal information about the various more general categories of medical conditions:

Mastitis as a complication of other conditions:

Other conditions that might have Mastitis as a complication may, potentially, be an underlying cause of Mastitis. Our database lists the following as having Mastitis as a complication of that condition:

What causes Mastitis?

Causes: Mastitis: Infection or blockage in breast milk ducts; usually caused by bacteria.

Related information on causes of Mastitis:

As with all medical conditions, there may be many causal factors. Further relevant information on causes of Mastitis may be found in:


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