Mastitis (breast infection) Treatment Overview
First steps to consider
- Mastitis can sometimes be treated at home.
- If you think you have mastitis, you should first continue to breastfeed or pump, and to empty the breasts completely of milk on a regular basis.
- Try medications that help with pain and swelling like Tylenol and Advil, and use cold compresses.
When you may need a provider
- You still have pain and fever after 12–24 hours. You will likely need antibiotics.
Go to the ER if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Severe breast pain, swelling, or fever that is not getting better even when taking antibiotics for 2–3 days.
- Feeling like your heart is racing
- Changes in the way your breast looks. For example, the skin looks very thin or there is an open wound or pus.
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