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How is mastitis diagnosed?

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Your doctor can diagnose mastitis based on a physical exam. The fever and chills give it away, as does a red, wedge-shaped area on the breast that points toward the nipple. There are two things to rule out: a breast abscess, which happens when mastitis isn't treated quickly, and inflammatory breast cancer, which is rare and shares the symptoms of redness and swelling.

From: What Is Mastitis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Mastitis."

Cleveland Clinic: "Mastitis."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Management of Mastitis in Breastfeeding Women."

National Health Service UK: "Mastitis."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 25, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Mastitis."

Cleveland Clinic: "Mastitis."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Management of Mastitis in Breastfeeding Women."

National Health Service UK: "Mastitis."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 25, 2019

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