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Breast infection (mastitis)

Also known as Mastitis and Breast Inflammation

Mastitis is the inflammation of breast tissue. S. aureus is the most common etiological organism responsible, but S. epidermidis and streptococci are occasionally isolated as well.

Source: Wikipedia

What are the symptoms?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with breast infection (mastitis), 85% report having pain or soreness of breast, 53% report having lump or mass of breast, and 40% report having abnormal appearing skin. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of breast infection (mastitis) are pain or soreness of breast, lump or mass of breast, bleeding or discharge from nipple, postpartum problems of the breast, recent pregnancy, and mouth dryness, although you may still have breast infection (mastitis) without those symptoms.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with breast infection (mastitis) often receive examination of breast, glucose measurement, wound care management, electrolytes panel, kidney function tests, mammography, ultrasonography and blood culture .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with breast infection (mastitis) include cephalexin, dicloxacillin, vancomycin, nabumetone, cefadroxil, ampicillin, chlorhexidine topical, letrozole (femara), collagenase topical, anthralin topical, fondaparinux (arixtra), docetaxel and neomycin (septa) .

Cephalexin
$7
(7 days)
Dicloxacillin
$25
(14 days)
Vancomycin
$303
(7 days)
Nabumetone
$32
(28 days)
Cefadroxil
$16
(7 days)
Ampicillin
$10
(7 days)
Chlorhexidine Topical

Letrozole (Femara)
$394
(28 days)
Collagenase Topical

Anthralin Topical

Fondaparinux (Arixtra)
$1245
(14 days)
Docetaxel
$2964
(21 days)
Neomycin (Septa)
$51
(14 days)

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for breast infection (mastitis) include age 30-44 years, sex == female and age 15-29 years. On the other hand, age 1-4 years almost never get breast infection (mastitis).

Age

< 1 years
0.1x
1-4 years
0.0x
5-14 years
0.4x
15-29 years
1.9x
30-44 years
1.6x
45-59 years
1.1x
60-74 years
0.4x
75+ years
0.2x

Sex

Male
0.1x
Female
1.6x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
1.4x
Hispanic
1.1x
White
0.9x
Other
0.9x
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