Treatment for mastitis and breast abscess?
Hello, my sister is 31 years old. She is suffering from painful mastitis. She is having fever, general malaise and a tender, red, swollen hard area of the breast. There is severe pain. She can not sleep at night. She is having fatigue and flu like symptoms. Do we need to seek doctor's opinion? She has a baby. We were thinking that it will be resolved without any intervention. But symptoms are still there and no sign of relief. How to treat this? Please advise.
@patatri Your healthcare provider may prescribe an oral antibiotic to treat mastitis. The infection should clear up within 10 days but may last as long as three weeks. Mastitis sometimes goes away without medical treatment. To reduce pain and inflammation, you can:
Apply warm, moist compresses to the affected breast every few hours or take a warm shower.
Breastfeed every two hours or more often to keep milk flowing through the milk ducts. If needed, use a breast pump to express milk between feedings. Drink plenty of fluids and rest when possible. Massage the area using a gentle circular motion starting at the outside of the affected area and working in toward the nipple. Take over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). Wear a supportive bra that doesn’t compress the breast.