Breast infection

Mastitis; Infection - breast tissue; Breast abscess

A breast infection is an infection in the tissue of the breast.

Normal female breast anatomy

The female breast is composed mainly of fatty tissue interspersed with fibrous or connective tissue. The circular region around the nipple is often a different color or pigmented. This region is called the areola.

Breast infection

Most breast infections occur in breastfeeding women when bacteria enters the breast through cracks in the nipple. In severe infections, abscesses may occur. Antibiotics may be indicated for treatment.

Female Breast

The female breast is either of two mammary glands (organs of milk secretion) on the chest.

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Exams and Tests

Treatment

Outlook (Prognosis)

Possible Complications

When to Contact a Medical Professional

Prevention