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Breast Infection (cont.)

Next Steps for Breast Infection

Mastitis does not cause cancer, but cancer can mimic mastitis in appearance. If a breast infection is slow in going away, your health care provider may recommend a mammogram or other tests to rule out cancer.

Breast Infection Follow-up

If you have a breast infection, you will usually be seen for a recheck in 24-48 hours.

  • Take all antibiotics as prescribed.
  • Take your temperature three times a day for the first 48 hours after treatment begins. Watch for fever.
  • Call your doctor if you develop a high fever, vomiting, or increasing redness, swelling, or pain in the breast.
  • Follow up with your doctor in one to two weeks to make sure that the infection has gone away. If the infection spreads or an abscess develops, you may require IV antibiotics or surgical treatment.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/6/2014

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