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Painful breast

I woke up this morning with a very painful breast. There is a portion of my areola that is very swollen and red. I cant touch it to see if there is a lump or not. I stopped breastfeeding about 3 months ago. Im not sure what to do. Ive been using warm moist compresses but it seems to not help at all. The pain radiates up into my armpit. What could this be?
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526906 tn?1261875396

I'm not sure what it is, but it could be some type of infection.  I think you should see your OB/Gyne and get it checked out, particularly if the home remedies you've tried are not working.  You may need some type of antibiotic to help clear it up.

Let us know how things work out, ok?


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I went to the doctors yesterday... they found a small mass and drained it. Today it seems alot worse.. the lump is bigger and almost half of my breast is bright red. I am going back tomorrow to have it checked again.
526906 tn?1261875396
Great idea.  Stay with it until it is all better.

Keep me posted, ok?

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