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Old Oct 18th, 2013, 09:56 AM   11
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Earlier in pregnancy and again recently I had itchy, red toughening of skin ect on only one breast. Dr didn't do anything, I also haven't grown much at all in this dept ... It ended up going away on its own although I used tons of moisturizer. After the itching stopped I had super dry skin.

I googled too an had the same results. Freaked me right out

Hope all turns out fine for you



 
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Old Oct 18th, 2013, 10:23 AM   12
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I have very similar things happening with both my breasts. they're very itchy, red, hot, puckered skin etc. and I was scratching in my sleep and they were getting scabby and bleeding...my doctor wasn't concerned and I wasn't either and chalk it up to changes because of pregnancy. Its just been very very uncomfortable and I'd like to breastfeed so I'm afraid it won't clear up. My Dr gave me some cream that she described as similar to a diaper rash cream and its been very helpful in clearing it up. But if I don't keep up using it, the symptoms come back again. I really think its pregnancy related but of course for peace of mind..get a second opinion :-)



 
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Old Oct 18th, 2013, 10:26 AM   13
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Also try not to google. I'm a bit of a hypocondriac and I know googling brings about absolute worst case scenarios and just causes stress. So try your hardest not to do that :-)



 
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Old Oct 18th, 2013, 12:56 PM   14
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I have had two minor cases of mastitis (caught early, resolved with antibiotics within 2 weeks), but my symptoms were never as severe as what you have described. It seems like initially treating with antibiotics does make sense, but my understanding is that you should see improvement within a few days, not needing to wait for the entire course to complete.

As PP said, if you are uncomfortable with the diagnosis, it is *always* ok to get a second opinion than to really stress out and worry. Pregnancy hormones do make us a bit crazy, and we start second-guessing our instincts and gut, but I think its better to stick to your instincts and be proven wrong than to try to ignore them

Good luck, and I hope it is mastitis, since the alternative is worse!



 
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Old Oct 18th, 2013, 16:14 PM   15
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I think that if your doctor isn't worried then you shouldn't be either. Like he said, wait until you are done with the antibiotics and then go from there. I found a lump in my breast and had to go see a specialist and have tests done to find out that it was a fibroadenoma (non cancerous lump) but my doctor told me that 80% of breast lumps/problems are NOT cancer. Don't worry hun. I know its scary but from what the other girls say it sounds like mastitis.



 
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Old Oct 18th, 2013, 16:16 PM   16
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Something no one has pointed out is that IBC is very very unusual to have in BOTH breasts, its usually just one. Because you have symptoms in both, its more likely to be mastitis.

Please trust your Dr is keeping it in mind, but I am also an advocate of knowing your instincts. Finish the AB's, and if that doesnt solve the problem, chase up your Dr. The only concern, is other than biopsy, and MRI, everything else to diagnose involves radioation, which if its not IBC can potentially be very harmful to your baby, and I KNOW the Dr wont want to put you through that decision unless they had fully explored the alternatives first!



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Old Oct 18th, 2013, 17:08 PM   17
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It sounds more like intertrigo...I doubt ibc as the previous poster said its rare for both breast. It sounds like some type of dermatitis... It could be yeast or bacterial. If the antibiotics don't work I would ask for a cream to put on the area. Your dr can give you a pregnancy safe cream/ointment for yeast and bacteria. Your breast have grown a lot so there is more rubbing together and sweat. Once it clears you could put a powder between breast and under a few times a day and it would help. Sounds like it feels awful



 
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Old Oct 20th, 2013, 19:14 PM   18
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Just an update.
A week of antibiotics and its gotten slightly worse (started to be slightly painful) have been referred to a cancer specialist. Hopefully getting an appointment ASAP.
Midwife has said if it was Mastitis i would have seen an improvement, if not symptoms dissipated by now. She is still hoping it has something to do with pregnancy hormones but we will see.
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Old Oct 20th, 2013, 19:23 PM   19
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I would think cancer in both breasts with symptoms appearing at the same time would be rare. I know it's impossible but try and think positive. Keep us updated x



 
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Old Oct 20th, 2013, 20:23 PM   20
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That's what is keeping me from total freakout Hopefully will now get some answers and i can laugh at myself



 
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