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Mastitis (breast infection) Treatment Overview

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Care Plan


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.

Emergency Care

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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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