ZocdocAnswersCan Mastitis lead to MRSA?

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Can Mastitis lead to MRSA?

Are they the same or can one lead to another? Or are they two totally separate things?

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I recommend that you see a doctor about this issue. Mastitis refers to an infection of the breast tissue. This process usually manifests as do infections in other parts of the body, including redness, warmth, swelling, fever, and pain. Additionally, the affected breast may lead to nipple discharge, which may contain pus. The process usually occurs in women that are breast-feeding, when organisms commonly found on the skin or in a baby's mouth may get into the fatty tissue of the breast through a crack in the skin. A clogged milk duct can also lead to inflammation and infection in the breast-feeding mother. The infection affecting the breast tissue can also be associated with an abscess, which is important to rule out in the work-up of mastitis. Staphyloccocus aureus is a common cause of the infection, as are another type of Staphylococcus (epidermidis) and Streptococcus. MRSA is an abbreviation for Methacillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, a type of Staph bacteria that has become more recognized and common in recent years. The significance of MRSA is that it is resistant to the some of the first-line antibiotic agents that are used to treat other types of common problem-causing bacteria. So while MRSA and mastitis refer to two different things, MRSA can be a cause of mastitis, and should be considered in such settings as resistance to usual treatment, severe infection, and history of MRSA infection. If you have any concerns about MRSA or mastitis, you should contact your primary care physician or OB/GYN physician. Book an appointment today!

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