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Mastitis????

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  • Posted By: ReneeJ
  • January 24, 2007
  • 09:55 PM

I went to the breast Dr today because of moderate to severe pain, imflamation and heat, and sore armpits, and was partially diagnosed with mastitis and put on antibiotics to rule it out. Does anyone know how common it is, for a female who is not lactating and presents no affiliated symptoms ie: fever chills etc, to have mastitis??? How often does this turn into IBC???

Thanks to anyone who can give me some info professional or otherwise.
Renee (first time poster)

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  • Mastitis is fairly uncommon and occurs in lactating women. If there is an abscess a surgeon may have to drain it. If you are a smoker however, you can be prone to periductal mastitis.I would say that the time to really worry is when your breast looks like an orange peel called Peau d' orange and an inverted nipple.
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  • I went to the breast Dr today because of moderate to severe pain, imflamation and heat, and sore armpits, and was partially diagnosed with mastitis and put on antibiotics to rule it out. Does anyone know how common it is, for a female who is not lactating and presents no affiliated symptoms ie: fever chills etc, to have mastitis??? How often does this turn into IBC??? Thanks to anyone who can give me some info professional or otherwise.Renee (first time poster)SWEETHEART, YOU MIGHT HAVE IBC, GO AS SOON AS YOU CAN. IF NO FEVER , HIGH CHANCE ITS IBC, IT IS VITAL YOU HAVE IT CHECKED AS SOON AS YOU CAN!!!!! IT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE ... LOOK UP OTHER SYMPTOMS ONLINE, IT IS VERY OFTEN MISDIAGNOSED AS MASTITIS.... PLEASE HAVE IT CHECKED THAT IT IS NOT IBC SINCE ALL THE SYMPTOMS ARE THE SAME
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  • I'm a 56 year old, non-lactating woman who just recently had the same symptoms in my left breast only. There were red streaks and after taking a shower, a small drop of dark, thick blood from the nipple (I did squeeze it). The symptoms came on very suddenly about a week after having a mammogram. I first noticed a few minor lumps that I attributed to too much coffee, then my nipple itched. My gynecologist prescribed antibotics (Z-pack, I'm allergic to penicillin) and said to see a breast specialist/surgeon which I did within days. At that point the breast was much less inflammed, not so swollen and not as hot. After reviewing the mammogram film (which looked fine), he sent me for an MRI, which also looked fine. None of the doctors wanted to say that the mammogram was totally responsible, but the breast doctor allowed that the equipment could have busted a small cyst. He also thought it could have been caused by an allergy or infection. He never thought it was IBC because it responded to the antibotics. In any event, there's no full proof test and I need to see him again in 6 months.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 16, 2007
    • 10:38 PM
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  • This happened to me, too. Late 40's and not lactating. My mother had mastitis once when she was in her late 50's.I started to have a sore breast, but thought it was related to my upcoming period. Within 4 or 5 hours, it got even more sore, then started to ache and burn. It was red in a triangular area, with a tiny clear discharge (one time).I called the doctor, and after an exam he gave me an antibiotic (it wasn't cheap) and I got some relief after about 24 hours. I used hot compresses for some help with the pain, but trying to sleep was tough for about a week. One false move or turn and OUCH.I had recently used a body brush in the shower to defoliate...and I wouldn't be surprised if it was harboring bacteria.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 18, 2007
    • 00:19 AM
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  • I happened to have had Mastitis three times in my life. First when I was 8, the when I was about 12, and a couple of years ago when i was 16. it alternated breasts. I don't know how many other women have had Mastitis at such a young age and multiple times, and since the last time i have fibro cystic breasts. what is ibc? I have trouble differentiating between Mastitis and natural lumps, and therefore have a hard time mapping to make an accurate elf exam for breast cancer. any tips? also, because of this history, does that increase my personal risk of getting breast cancer at an early age (if at all)?
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  • I've had about 4 occurences since 1995, the last one being October 2008, I'm glad to know I'm not the only woman out there gettting these infections, I've had no children which makes it compliated to understand why I keep getting these infections I'm a 56 year old, non-lactating woman who just recently had the same symptoms in my left breast only. There were red streaks and after taking a shower, a small drop of dark, thick blood from the nipple (I did squeeze it). The symptoms came on very suddenly about a week after having a mammogram. I first noticed a few minor lumps that I attributed to too much coffee, then my nipple itched. My gynecologist prescribed antibotics (Z-pack, I'm allergic to penicillin) and said to see a breast specialist/surgeon which I did within days. At that point the breast was much less inflammed, not so swollen and not as hot. After reviewing the mammogram film (which looked fine), he sent me for an MRI, which also looked fine. None of the doctors wanted to say that the mammogram was totally responsible, but the breast doctor allowed that the equipment could have busted a small cyst. He also thought it could have been caused by an allergy or infection. He never thought it was IBC because it responded to the antibotics. In any event, there's no full proof test and I need to see him again in 6 months.
    go2beech 1 Replies
    • November 4, 2008
    • 09:38 PM
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  • I've had about 4 occurences since 1995, the last one being October 2008, I'm glad to know I'm not the only woman out there gettting these infections, I've had no children which makes it compliated to understand why I keep getting these infectionsI am 53 year old female and recently my left breast starting aching and itching on the outer left side for a few days. I didn't think TOO much about it at first, but I noticed it was aching more each day and my bras were becoming increasingly uncomfortable. Having had breast augmentation 18 years previous I decided to sleep in a tight fitting sports bra similar to that which I wore after my surgery all those years ago, it seemed sensible enough at the time.That night my pain worsened to where I could not even change positions, it never occurred to me that the harnessing of my breast might be to my detriment. By the next morning my left breast had swollen to double the size of my right breast and the pain was off the charts. I arranged a mammogram for the following morning and received a diagnosis of Mastitis subject to another mammogram in 2 weeks and if the infection is not cleared up by then the only remaining mentioned is IBC. I have been taking 750mg of Levoquin daily (very pricey) prescribed for 14 days, and the swelling goes down somewhat daily so I am hoping for a full reprieve, none the less, this has really scared me and I feel I would be remiss if I did not share my experience in an effort to help someone else by submitting this post.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 22, 2010
    • 07:25 AM
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  • I realise that this thread is quite old but perhaps someone can help me. I have just been diagnosed by my GP with mastitis. I'm 30, female and not lactating. I've been put on a course of anitibiotics which I have responded to. The pulsing pain is gone and it is less tender however there is a huge red mark on my breast and still quite a hard lump right underneath my nipple. I've scheduled a mamogram for monday but am wondering how long it took for the redness and the lump to disappear. I admit I am in a bit of a panic at the moment as I googled and found info on IBC. So any advice is welcome. It's been about 7 days now since the first symptoms.
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