I am on my third day of having mastitis. I started taking antibiotics last night. My fever is now gone but my right breast is still red and sore. How long until my breast is healed? How do I know if I have an abscess?<br><br>
So sorry you're having to battle mastitis! It's very tough! It sounds like you had a fever that continued after 24 hours... antibiotics is the usual protocol for mastitis with a fever that lasts over this time. As long as your fever doesn't continue, it may take a couple of days to feel better.<br><br>
Continue to use <b>wet & dry wam compresses</b>... if you can lay down on a <b>heating pad</b>, this works great. <i><b>Nurse, massage, nurse, massage</b></i> on the affected side. Don't forget about the other breast, though. Pump if you need to... just get everything working again.<br><br>
Drink plenty of fluids and rest, too!<br><br>
take care! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
After my mastitis last year, it took several days for the soreness to go away. I think the breast tissue, on the inside (near the infection) was compressed and actually bruised--that's what it felt like, and I think that's why it took so long for that soreness to go away--that was days after the fever/aches etc were gone. If the fever/chills/aches are going away, then the infection is retreating, but I think the soreness can remain for a while after that. Sorry. I'd consider something like ibuprofen.
<b>phytolacca</b> - a homeopathic remedy given to me by a naturopath when i had mastitis pretty bad...it was totally gone within 24 hours - and no antibiotics needed!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
it took about the 4th day of anti's for it to feel way way better....<br><br>
i had to switch though bc i had a mild allergy to the first one...<br><br>
mbo5 had the best advice for me......warm compress, massage (i was able to do that day 3ish), nurse, nurse, rest.....<br><br>
hope you feel better soon mama!