Redness around both nipples, help!

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Registered: 06-03-2007
Redness around both nipples, help!
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Fri, 03-20-2009 - 12:50pm

I noticed today while showering, that I have some redness/rash around both of my nipples. They are a little sore. I applied apno immediately. I notice no whiteness in my lo's mouth. I have been nursing for over 6 months now and other than the cracked nipple that I battled, I have never had an issue. Should I contact my OB/GYN?? I am worried it may be mastitis...

No lumps noticed on either breast.

Any help is appreciated!

(cross posted on bfing board)


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Registered: 07-25-2006
Fri, 03-20-2009 - 1:24pm

Hi there-


Hmmmm, I wouldn't think mastitis unless you saw read streaks on the breast itself or had a lot of lumps (plugged ducts).


My first though was thrush. You may have it, even if baby doesn't.


A few other ideas could be:


* irritation from a new soap/detergent/lotion/shampoo you're using


* not changing breast pads frequently enough


I'd say to keep using the apno, maybe call a pharmacy to see if they have GV. Pick up some probiotics. Make sure you treat you AND baby (even if baby has no symptoms). If the pain gets worse or it doesn't clear up in a few days, maybe call an LC.


http://www.kellymom.com/newman/c-candida_protocol.html


Follow up with any other questions, issues, etc.


 

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Registered: 06-03-2007
Fri, 03-20-2009 - 9:34pm
Thanks for your response! I also noticed some increased pain and some itching on both of the nipples. I no longer wear breast pads (no leaking) and I haven't changed any soaps or detergents. After a few applications of the apno, the redness has lessened, but as I said above, there is more pain/soreness and itching than there was this morning. I am also doing a water/vinegar rinse after each feeding. I figure if I am not doing better by Monday, I will call the nurse at my ob's office.

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Registered: 03-31-2006
Tue, 03-24-2009 - 10:22am

fwiw, with my DS i thought i had thrush off and on for months (redness, itching, even some peeling). but my Dr. was right, it was just eczema. (i never had it _there_ before, so i didn't want to believe him!) i didn't get APNO since i live abroad and am phobic of pharmacy interaction in a foreign language, but i bet it would have been just the ticket.

fwiw, you'd probably have a fever and be feeling awful if it was mastitis.

hope you get feeling better!

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Registered: 06-03-2007
Tue, 03-24-2009 - 10:52am

Thanks ladies...

I noticed this morning that my lo has white patches in her cheeks. So I am going to be calling her pediatrician. I called my ob yesterday, but the dr isn't there until Thursday, so either I wait or drive 1 1/2 hours to the other office.

I am no longer so worried it is mastitis. No heat, fever or red lines... more worried it is thrush (see above)...

KUP


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Registered: 06-03-2007
Thu, 03-26-2009 - 1:00pm

Well, back from the dr and it is official, dd and I both have thrush:( NUTS!! The grapefruit seed extract did not work (along with the apno), so we will be using the nystatin and hoping that it works! Please keep your fingers crossed for us!


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Registered: 06-10-2008
Thu, 03-26-2009 - 2:03pm

Did the dr. prescribe nystatin drops for baby and nystatin ointment for you? He didn't tell you to use baby's drops on your nipples, did he?


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Registered: 06-03-2007
Thu, 03-26-2009 - 2:13pm
I have separate scripts, drops for baby and yes, liquid for my nips. I even had the pharmacist call and double check because I hadn't heard of that, only using cream on nips and liquid on baby. I am just hoping that it works, otherwise we will both have to treat that much longer:(

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Registered: 07-25-2006
Thu, 03-26-2009 - 4:02pm

Glad to hera you got the two separate scripts. How often is it saying it should be applied? It NEEDS to be done every 2 hours or so, as yeast starts growing back in about 90 minutes. We usually recommend applying at every nursing session. Most scripts show every 4-6 hours, which will NOT be effective.


GL!



 

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Registered: 06-03-2007
Thu, 03-26-2009 - 4:16pm

It does say 4x's per day, but the ped said that I can use 1/2 the amt (1/2ml) 8x's a day. I had read that it only protects for 90 minutes, so I asked about the 1/2 dosing.

As far as mine, I am just applying after each nursing with a cotton swab to both nipples and areolas. It is a little sticky, but if it works, I don't care:)

I have also been boiling dd's pacis for 20 min each day and plan on getting her new ones after treatment has been successful.

Fingers crossed that it works!


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Registered: 06-03-2007
Thu, 03-26-2009 - 8:51pm

Have you ever heard of anyone (momma) being prescribed the oral suspension to put on their breasts?? I was trying to find some sort of literature on it, but haven't been successful. I guess it is the same medication, so you would think it would work. (I hope!)

DD has taken it 2x's already and not given any problem. My only issue on my breasts is that it is rather sticky, even after it is dry. I was glad that I still had some nursing pads left!


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