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What is Puerperal Mastitis?

Description of the Disease

Puerperal mastitis is an inflammatory condition of the breast caused by a bacterial infection. This condition can lead to serious complications if not detected and treated in a timely manner.


  • Acute puerperal mastitis
  • Chronic puerperal mastitis


  • Swelling and tenderness of the breast
  • Skin changes in the breast area
  • Purulent or bloody discharge from the nipple


The most common cause of puerperal mastitis is the introduction of bacteria through the milk duct, usually during breastfeeding.


To diagnose puerperal mastitis, a doctor conducts a breast examination, may prescribe milk analysis and ultrasound examination.


Treatment of puerperal mastitis includes taking antibiotics, applying compresses, rest, and in some cases, surgical intervention.


  • Proper breastfeeding
  • Optimal breast hygiene
  • Avoiding trauma and compression of the breast


Treatment of puerperal mastitis is carried out by a gynecologist or lactation consultant.

Note: This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not a medical advice.