What Does Mastitis Feel Like?

Typical mastitis symptoms include a fever of 101.3°F (38.5°C) or greater, chills, flu-like aching, malaise and systemic illness.

How can I treat mastitis at home?

Self-care measures for mastitis

  • Take acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) to relieve your pain, fever, or discomfort.
  • Rest as much as possible.
  • Apply an ice pack or a warm compress to the affected breast to help reduce your pain.
  • Drink extra fluids.

How do you know if you have a clogged milk duct?

The most common symptoms of a clogged duct include:

  1. pain in a specific location in the breast.
  2. a swollen, tender lump in the breast.
  3. heat and swelling in the breasts.
  4. slower milk flow on one side.
  5. skin that looks lumpy in one area.
  6. a small white dot on the nipple called a milk bleb.

How long does mastitis last for?

When treated promptly, the majority of breast infections go away quickly and without serious complications. Most women can and should continue to breastfeed despite an episode of uncomplicated mastitis. With proper treatment, symptoms should begin to resolve within one to two days.

What are signs and symptoms of mastitis?


  • Breast tenderness or warmth to the touch.
  • Breast swelling.
  • Thickening of breast tissue, or a breast lump.
  • Pain or a burning sensation continuously or while breast-feeding.
  • Skin redness, often in a wedge-shaped pattern.
  • Generally feeling ill.
  • Fever of 101 F (38.3 C) or greater.