Incidence of mastitis is 2-5% in lactating and less than 1% in non-lactating women.The common organisms involved are staphylococcus aureus,s.epidermidis and streptococci viridians.MASTITIS is inflammation of the breast usually associated with breast feeding
There are 2 differeny types of mastitis depending upon the site of infection
1.Infection that involves the breast parenchymal tissues leading to cellulitis ,the lacteal system remains unaffected.
2.Infection gains access through the lactiferous duct leading to development of primary mammary adenitis,the source of organisms is the infants nose and throat.
Non-infective mastitis may be due to milk stasis.feeding from the affected breast solves the problem In superficial cellutitis,the onset is acute during first 2-4 weeks postpartum.However,acute mastitis may occur even several weeks after the delivery.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
- LACTATING MASTITIS usually affects only one breast and symptoms can develop quickly
- Breast tenderness and warmth to touch.
- Swelling of breast
- Skin redness often in wedge shaped
- Fever of 101degree /F
- Pain or burning sensation continuously or while breast feeding
- General malaise and headache.
BELLADONA:Initial stages of inflammation,breast red, swollen with throbbing pain.
PHYTOLACCA:Grade -1 medicine for mastitis ,breast swollen,painful with soreness.stitching and shooting pain with cracked nipples.PAIN FROM BREAST RADIATES TO WHOLE BODY WHILE NURSING.
CROTON TIG:Effective medicine for mastitis.breast is hard, swollen,inflamed .PAIN FROM BREAST RADIATES TO THE BACK WHILE NURSING THE BABY.
BRYONIA:Stony hardness of breast,hot swollen ,highly painful ,patient need to support the breast with the hand.pain >from rest.
SILICEA AND HEPAR SULPH:Very effective in treating suppurative condition ,helps in the drainage of pus without any surgical intervention.pus discharge with intense pain ,sensitive to touch.