What Is Breast Swelling: How To Get Rid Of Breast Swelling

How To Get Rid Of Breast Swelling

A female breast is made up of four types of tissues: connective tissues, fat tissues, glands and milk ducts. The fat tissue is the subject to the fluctuations in volume of fluid. This causes breast to swell resulting into tenderness and soreness.Besides, there may be other changes in tissues that causes breast swelling. Let us  discuss, breast swelling in detail and learn simple home remedies to get rid of breast swelling.

How To Get Rid Of Breast Swelling

How To Get Rid Of Breast Swelling

What are the Symptoms of Breast Swelling?

Breast swelling causes noticeable changes. Breast becomes noticeably larger and the veins in the breast become more visible.

The common symptoms of breast swelling includes feeling of heaviness in the breast, discomfort and tenderness around the breast up to the armpit and changes in the texture of breast skin. In a few cases breast may feel hot or warm to touch. In addition, hardened lumps may accompany breast swelling. 

What are the Causes of Breast Swelling?

The causes of breast swelling ranges from harmless to serious causes. Premenstrual syndrome is one of the most common cause of breast swelling in female. With the start of each period, the level of oestrogen hormone increases that causes many changes in the body including milk duct and the breast ducts to enlarge resulting in water retention and breast swelling. Breast swelling caused due to premenstrual syndrome improves with the start of period. Breast swelling may be a symptom of inflammatory breast cancer that results in the blockage of lymph vessel. In case of inflammatory breast cancer, your breast tissue may appear like orange peel or pitted and tumour can be many manifested as lumps. If you see, any unusual changes in your breast do consult your health care provider. The other potential causes of breast swelling includes too much intake of salt or caffeine, certain medications such as birth control pill, pregnancy, fibrocystic breast diseases and mastitis.

When Should you Consult a Doctor for Breast Swelling?

It is very common for a female to suffer from premenstrual syndrome related breast swelling. This condition may be uncomfortable but unless it disrupts your daily activity, you do not need to consult a doctor. However, if during your menstrual cycle you experience excessive breast swelling and breast pain consult your healthcare provider. Also it is important to consult your doctor if you experience breast swelling along with the symptoms such as cracking of your nipple, changes in colour of skin on your breast or nipple and puckering or dimpling of the skin on your breast. Breastfeeding mothers should meet health care provider if breast swelling prevents the breast milk from coming out. See your doctor if there is unexpected discharge from your nipple or there is a sore on your breast that is not healing.

How to Diagnose Breast Swelling?

To diagnose the cause behind breast swelling your doctor will ask you certain questions related to your symptoms. In addition, breast examination is done to feel for lumps. If required mammograms or breast ultrasound is be recommended to view the internal structures of the breast.

Breast swelling is an occasional sign of breast cancer so regular Mammogram is recommended by the American Cancer Society for females 45 years old and above. Females between 45 to 54 years of age are advised to get annual Mammograms and females aged 55 and above should at least have Mammograms in every two years. 

How To Treat Breast Swelling?

Depending upon the cause of breast swelling your doctor may prescribe the treatment plan. If breast swelling is due to some infection,antibiotic are prescribed. If you are a breastfeeding, it is better to learn to keep your breast tissue dry and clean to prevent future infections. In case, the breast swelling is due to hormonal changes, birth control pills may be prescribed to relieve the symptom of PMS symptoms. In case you are using hormonal contraceptives, your doctor may encourage you to switch to other type. If the female is diagnosed with breast cancer treatment plan depends on location, type and stage of the cancer. 

To prevent breast swelling caused due to hormonal changes eat plenty of vegetables and fruits. Cut down caffeine and reduce salt consumption. Avoid process food and drink lots of water.

Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta
Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta:  Professionally a homeopathic doctor and a dietician Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta is passionate about writing health and parenting blogs. She believes in holistic approach towards health and well being.