Mastitis may occur with or without infection and typically affects women who breastfeed.  Infectious mastitis is caused by a bacterial infection, with Staphylococcus aureus being the most common strain. Unfortunately, the majority of Staphylococcus aureus are resistant to methicillin (according to the Journal of Clinical Infectious Diseases).

For women who have mastits infections they often face difficulty as antibiotic therapy has become increaseingly ineffective. At Nielsen Clinic (Calgary), we develop a treatment plan specific to your health needs. We help you get to the root of your health concerns by customizing treatment and helping implement positive lifestyle adjustments to help you overcome mastitis.

Below are sections offering information for common questions as well as various elements of mastitis. 

+ What is Mastitis?

Mastitis is the inflammation of the breast tissue that can be due to an infection or without an infection. In some cases, mastitis can develop into an abscess, which is an area of infection that collects as pus in a walled-off area.

+ What causes Mastitis?

Mastitis may occur with or without infection. Infectious mastitis is caused by a bacterial infection, with Staphylococcus aureus being the most common strain.

Unfortunately, the majority of Staphylococcus aureus are resistant to methicillin (according to the Journal of Clinical Infectious Diseases).

Women who have blocked ducts cracked nipples, and a history of mastitis are at an increased risk of developing mastitis. Interestingly some of the creams used to treat cracked nipples may further increase the risk of mastitis according to the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health (2001).

+ What are symptoms of Mastitis?

Mastitis appears suddenly and may include breast tenderness, warmth to touch, fatigue, breast swelling, pain or burning sensation, skin redness and fever (101 F or 38.3 C or greater).

+ Self-care & Prevention - Mastitis

Rest: Get plenty of rest and sleep. Continue breastfeeding: continue on the side that is affected as well as the other side.

Use hot compress: hot compresses may help drain the breast. Make sure the hot compress is not hot enough to burn your skin.

+ Treatment for Mastitis - How We Can Help

Step 1 - Listen and understand your concerns: Listen to your health concerns, symptoms, review your health history and check if you require an ultrasound or lab tests to determine the source of your infection.

Step 2 - Start your treatment plan to address your main areas of concern: Start your initial treatment plan to address the symptoms of mastitis as well as identify and address underlying factors which may worsen your mastitis.

Step 3 - Treating your root cause: Tailor your treatment to address both your symptoms as well as underlying factors to help your body heal from mastitis.


Natural Mastitis Infection Treatment

NIELSEN CLINIC 3R's (Remove, Restore & Recover)

Remove Symptoms

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Remove: Start addressing your mastitis  symptoms you are struggling the most with: frequent painful lump in the breast, redness and pain of the breast or fever.

 Restore Immune Function

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Restore: Health breast tissue by addressing the underlying causes such as infection or inflammation which may help you recover from mastitis. 

Recover Your Health

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Recover: Tailor your treatment so you can eliminate mastitis symptoms and feel better. Recover your health and say goodbye to mastitis.