Main Article on Breast Infection (Mastitis) Question: What were the symptoms of your breast infection and what was the treatment? Submit Your Comment Comment from: nccarolinagal7, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 26 I don’t know why my right breast hurts me when I get very upset, when somebody makes me mad. And my right breast hurts really bad when it starts hurting. It itches on both the nipples and they itch all the time. Now they are itching and the right breasts hurts on the left side of the right breast, and when I cough the pain is worse. And a long time ago a cyst burst, there was one cyst, real big and swollen, and part of it burst, so I wonder if there is breast infection. They cut the rest out and now the right breast is hurting. Comment from: Bjw0493, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 20 I had a mastectomy of my right breast. Recovery was going well until about 3 weeks in. Suddenly I had swelling, burning and redness right above the incision. I had radiation treatments more than 40 years ago but the burning I have now, reminds me of radiation burning I had years ago. I am on antibiotics for breast infection but they do not seem to be helping. The surgeon said she got all the cancer and no follow up is needed but she seems perplexed by this issue. I don’t have a fever or we would be concerned. Comment from: Amy , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 09 I have been getting nipple discharge from my left breast for a while because of breast infection. Just down to the right of the duct that is oozing is a hard painful lump about the size of a small grape. This same nipple itches on a consistent basis and nothing seems to alleviate it. The discharge can range from clear to green to a yellow brown. Comment from: Libar, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 03 I went into day surgery to have a cyst removed from my left breast on the areola but the surgeon cut off my nipple instead of the cyst. That was in March 2019, now 6 months on and I still have terrible pain in my upper left arm radiating into my neck. My arm is totally numb first thing in the morning and I have to move it with my right arm. I’m convinced it is due to nerve damage caused by him cutting off my nipple. Comment from: 12345165, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 01 I've had huge painful cysts all over my breasts for 40 years, I am 54. I've always kept sterile needles, syringes, and gloves, so if one got painful I could aspirate it. I did that for 20 years. Well, now I don't know if it is a coincidence that I've been in menopause for eight months, but I've gotten mastitis the last two times I've attempted to aspirate a cyst. After 4 days of Bactrim, the redness and swelling like an orange peel has gone down but my right breast is a faint purple, hard, and so, so painful. Comment from: Faith, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 14 I have been having this discharge for months though I took medication. I tested at the lab and it shows excessive prolactin, but yet it still discharges each time I press my nipple. I am not a nursing mother, and worried if it is a breast infection. Comment from: Mrshenson , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 06 I’m 32 non breastfeeding non pregnant woman. I was doing a self breast examination and found a lump under my right nipple. I gave it a little bit of time but my nipple started inverting. I called the doctor and she ordered an ultrasound and mammogram. They examined both breasts today. The lump is an abscess and I’m completely shocked. They are suggesting antibiotics to my doctor for breast infection. They also found a mass in the left breast that is questionable so I go back for a biopsy tomorrow. Just baffled. Comment from: sarah, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 23 I have had several extreme breast infections since turning the age of 50. I am currently dealing with a new infection C at the age of 62. I am an avid gardener and they all have happened after working directly with my hands in an organic mix of soil that has added cow manure. My physician told me that a form of anthrax is found in cow manure and not to work with it again. Unfortunately, I was working with soil 2 days ago and now find myself sick again. Comment from: Firah, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 01 Last year in March 2018 I felt nipple soreness and pus came out from my right breast nipple. I got my scan and it was clear. The doctor prescribed me vitamins and pain reliever but the pain comes and goes. I'm really worried, I'm 23. Comment from: Lee, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 28 I awoke with a hard, red and swollen breast 2 months ago. I'm 48 and the doctor diagnosed me with mastitis. Suggested inverted nipple may have let some bacteria in that caused the breast infection. After a 7 day prescription the swelling was gone but my breast was still a bit painful. After a second prescription 3 weeks later and a clear mammogram and ultrasound things were pretty good until 5 days ago when some pain came back. Now when I squeeze my arms closed and use the breast muscle pain shoots through the outer side of the breast, plus some burning. SLIDESHOW Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS): Track and Prevent Symptoms See Slideshow Comment from: Suneela, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 11 My younger daughter suddenly fell on my left side breast area. Her arm hit my breast, blood clotted and I had fever. I went to the hospital and the doctor gave an injection. After 7 days that area has pain and swelling, so I went to another doctor and he said not to worry. I still have two holes in the breast area and there is infection. Comment from: Joyce, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 31 I was sitting watching TV when I suddenly felt a feeling of heat in my right breast. I had had my mammogram two months earlier and it was clear. I am very low risk and have been in the breast screening program since I was 50 years old. I called the health line the next morning. They told me I had to see a doctor within 4 hours. I called my doctor who saw me immediately. My nipple was very red, hot and painful. She could not examine me because of the soreness. She was very concerned. I was prescribed a heavy duty course of antibiotics and told to return in one week. I saw her the following week. The antibiotics had helped but it was still red and sore. She said she could feel a small lump. She sent me for a breast ultra sound the following week and it was determined that I had mastitis. I was surprised to hear that I could have mastitis at my age. It was a relief. It completely cleared up and I have had no reoccurrence. Comment from: taylor, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 12 In March 2014 my breast became quite painful and very hot. The nipple was enlarged and my breast resembled an overripe tomato. A needle biopsy and a mammogram were done. I was then scheduled for outpatient surgery and the breast, containing a large amount of pus, was drained. The incision was left open to heal naturally. By September I had contracted pneumonia and the breast had filled again. After spending 2 weeks in hospital being treated for pneumonia, my breast was again drained and incision was stitched, leaving just a small ¼ inch tube near nipple. The day I left hospital the tube was removed and the area stitched. That incision has never healed and I often find my night clothes and sheets speckled with blood. I have also spent the past 12 months on oral antibiotics. I experience incredible pain that radiates from the breast, under my arm or down my arm and occasionally pain spreads to other breast. I had an ultrasound done last week and fortunately it did not show any masses. The doctor has offered me two choices; admit me to hospital for a series of intramuscular antibiotics or remove the breast. One side effect to all the antibiotics was the fact that numerous teeth crumbled and I was admitted to hospital, put under general anesthesia and 5 teeth removed. As I suffer from COPD general anesthesia is not the best option but we shall see what my doctor says next week. Comment from: fifisue, 35-44 Female Published: July 30 One morning, I woke up with a very painful breast. I found a very large lump and the area where the lump was located was very sore. The pain became unbearable. I went to the doctor and I was diagnosed with mastitis. I was issued a 7-day course of antibiotics and told to come back in a week to ensure there was no lump left. Within a week, the pain was gone, but I was left with a dull ache. I’m okay now, but I urge any woman who suspects she has this condition to try not to panic and to seek medical attention at once. Comment from: Bristy, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 19 I am 19 and not married. I feel pain in my left breast, I am not sure if from breast infection, and this painful area is warm all the time. And I also had fever when this pain began. I feel this pain after 5 years, but now this one year I feel a hard lump in my left upper breast. I cannot do work because of this pain and feel so weak. My blood pressure is always being low. I cannot eat properly. Also I have allergy and all the time my left breast on the upper side feels uncomfortable. Comment from: Pony, 55-64 (Patient) Published: November 06 All of a sudden my breast started burning today, but I have no other symptoms of breast infection. I am 58. I wonder what it can be, I had a breast exam which was negative. Comment from: Miss J, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 13 I woke up yesterday and had a line from the top of my left breast going down but stopped right before my areola. Now it is red and gone down from swelling. It’s a streak and it feels kind of rough like a rash. I wonder what kind of infection that could be. Comment from: Cherry , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 26 First time, 3 weeks post operation it looked very red under both breasts, but no pain. He put me on 21 days antibiotics so yesterday was 7 weeks and when I went for a checkup he said my incision on both breast felt soft. I have no pain or fever so he put me back on 2 weeks medicines again. Comment from: HB, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 11 I have been suffering from mastitis for seven and a half years: since I was 50. For 3 it was unbearable and I could not even sleep lying down, every movement was agony. I was not menopausal but thanks to 3 years of taking depa provera my body thought I was - a few weeks after being told I was well into menopause, my periods returned! I was never prescribed antibiotics for this problem. The best relief I got was from acupuncture and eventually the pain became cyclical and now occurs (and lasts for c 2 weeks) every time I try virtually any physical exercise. I will now insist that my doctor give me antibiotics to see if that will at least alleviate the symptoms. QUESTION Vaginal yeast infections are caused by bacteria. See Answer Comment from: lilmax1956, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 25 Extreme pain and burning in my right breast, leaking out the nipple, warm to the touch, and extremely sore nipple. I was given 100 mil. doxycyclene twice a day for 10 days. This was my 2nd infection in my right breast after having an abscess removed a year ago. I am in menopause and have type II diabetes which is under control. Comment from: Carmel , 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 28 I had breast infection and after surgery it cleared up but every so often just below where my breast was, it comes out like sunburn. I wonder if there is a link to the old infection. Comment from: Raeann, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 29 I took my mammogram and they found out that I might have a mass on my left breast. I was very scared when they told me that I hope it is not cancer and only a breast infection. I'm seeing my doctor this morning to find what he tells me to do. Comment from: 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 24 In our family, numerous breast issues have been experienced. Presently, someone keeps getting infections in the milk duct areas. They have been treated time and time again. Still flare ups occur. Comment from: Nightingale, 13-18 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 21 My 13-year-old daughter came to me yesterday and said that she had a half-dollar size lump under her areola on her left breast and that it was hurting. I thought maybe it was just part of breast development, but when she told me later that night that the skin was red and hot, I got worried. We went to the doctor today and were told that it's an infection. The doctor prescribed Augmentin and outlined the redness. He told us to make sure it didn't get bigger or we'd have to take my daughter in for IV antibiotics. After one pill the redness seems to be diminishing. My lesson was to ask more questions rather than just assume it's puberty with a teenage girl. Comment from: catnip, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 10 I had 2 bouts of right breast mastitis 2 months apart. First time had fever, fatigue, red breast from nipple to halfway up. In hospital for 4 days on antibiotics, went home with clindamycin for 10 days having a reaction to it on the last day of treatment. Returned 2 months later (red breast) but had not progressed to fever or fatigue yet. In hospital for 24hrs and sent home on a course of amoxicillen for 14days. Mammo and ultrasound negative. No apparent cause for infection. Comment from: 25-34 Female Published: November 05 One night my right breast was really sore to the touch and I felt lumps around the breast area and under the nipple I was scared. That same week I went to see my doctor and he told me it was a breast infection so he gave me antibiotics and after two weeks of taking it the symptoms went away. Comment from: Cor1Pai2, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 29 I am a 29 year-old mother of two. I first began to have soreness in my right breast. My first thought was that I might have slept wrong but I knew that wasn't the case when I nursed my 17-month-old daughter from that side. Later in the day, I began to feel like I was getting a cold or the flu. My body began to ache. I noticed it in my hands and wrists at first. I began to feel the aches all over and started to get the chills. My breast by that time was so tender it hurt to go up and down stairs or even wear a seatbelt. I was hot to the touch and when I lifted my shirt in the mirror I could see redness. It looked like a rash of sorts. That’s when I decided to go to the doctor. He then prescribed antibiotics. Comment from: nattiebell, 45-54 Female Published: July 11 The area around my right nipple started becoming painful which I just associated with my menstrual cycle. Over time, I notice a lump near the nipple about the size of pea. The night before my appointment with a breast surgeon, I took a hot shower and while drying off, I notice a leakage from the area. As I pressed down, an enormous amount of pus started draining out from the area (and it was a lot!!!) The surgeon opened the area a little more and packed it with bandage. I had to continue to pack this incision for approximately one week. Since this time, there are times when I notice a small leakage from the side of the right nipple. I've had mammograms every year, and there have been no problems. Comment from: lorellen, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 10 I noticed a red area about the size of a half dollar on my right breast just below the areola. By the end of the day there was a red steak going towards the center of my chest. I went to the doctor the following day and he put me on antibiotics. I was achy and feverish 2 nights in a row. Have been on the meds 4 days and the redness is diminishing but now I feel a hard lump under the skin - almost like a boil. It doesn't hurt. I'm 53 so not I’m breast feeding! I’m going back next week for a follow up. Comment from: mupish, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 17 I had mastitis with my first born, and did not take anything for it, though it was pretty mild. I drank a lot of water, rested and used baths/showers, hot pads and cold cabbage leaves. I have had mastitis twice with my second son, and have noticed a pattern in my diet, the more fatty foods or generally unhealthy foods I eat is when the problem occurs. Stress also seems to be a factor. I have not taken antibiotics yet, but if the problems persist I will. Comment from: laura c, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 20 I started having some symptoms 6 weeks after my delivery. I first developed fever and subsequently discovered an inflammation on my breast. The breast feels warm and itchy inside. I breastfed my baby on one breast because one nipple is more cracked than the other, that was actually the cause of my mastitis. My doctor advised me to keep breastfeeding from both breast equally and also administered Flagyl and ibuprofen I decided to express manually to unclog the pores faster since the content of the breast is thick and gummy. It was a painful experience but I was completely healed after a week and my breast is as good as new. Comment from: Marcia, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 19 I must have what you call chronic mastitis. I am 68 years old and have had chemo and radiation therapy. I am almost done with radiation treatments and all of a sudden I get this horrible swelling of my left breast with pain, redness, and warmth. I had a fever, chills, extreme fatigue, and just didn't feel well at all. I went to the doctor and finally found out that I had mastitis. They put me on an antibiotic and this is my second dose. I am slowly getting better, but it is taking a long time. After two weeks, I still have pain, redness and I am still tired. This is not what I read from the other people who just have a small lump or small mastitis.