There are several causes for an infection of the breast. Candida Hub has other articles, on common breast problems, that are explained briefly right below; those overviews may be more what you are looking for. If you do suspect you have thrush on the breast, you can use natural medicine to treat this condition. Most women, who develop thrush on the breast, will be breastfeeding or lactating at the time. Yet, such breast problems, can occur even if you're not lactating currently. The skin symptoms of a thrush infection of the breast will also be discussed in this article to assist you diagnosing your problem.
If you are breastfeeding, you may want to get some professional advice on how to breastfeed—if you’ve never been taught. Improper breastfeeding technique, can cause a lot of problems with the nipple and breast; thankfully, these are easy to remedy by correcting your technique. And, remember to avoid breastfeeding a child with oral thrush if you can. The yeast living in your baby’s mouth can easily colonize your nipple and breast when it comes into contact with these areas during feeding.
Thrush Under the Breast
Candida Hub currently has a whole explanatory article on intertrigo and thrush under the breasts. If you are noticing a rash under your breast, and wondering if it is Candida causing the rash, chances are it is just intertrigo. Intertrigo is a rash / inflammation of the skin areas where skin rubs against skin. The under breast area is a prime location for this skin rash to develop; especially if you are a plus size woman. Any area, that skin folds over skin, is going to be a incubator for various fungi and bacteria—Candida included. Often, what starts out as intertrigo, turns into a yeast infection under the breasts. The inflammation of the skin is an open door for yeast to start growing on the damaged skin. There can also be a horrible smell when you get intertrigo with a yeast infection; something no one wants to have coming from their breasts! Fortunately, you can learn how to naturally cure this problem, and find out about some basic steps you can take to protect the skin under your breasts at this page: Yeast Infection Under the Breast.
Thrush on the Nipple
The nipples are another prime area a breastfeeding mother can get thrush. Thrush on the nipples can cause oral thrush in a baby; and, the infection can repeatedly get passed back and forth between mother and child. Not all nipple pain is due to Candida though; and, if you are new to breastfeeding, your technique could be the primary reason why your nipples are hurting. An article on Candida Hub, points out what research has shown to be the most common causes for nipple pain, in breastfeeding moms. If you are showing the symptoms of thrush on your breast skin, and have some predisposing factors for this condition; thrush could be on your nipple. To find out about nipple pain and yeast infections in this area, you can learn more here: Nipple Yeast Infections.
Mastitis: Breast Infections
Mastitis, otherwise known as an infection of the breasts, can happen to any woman. Typically, the women who get some form of mastitis are lactating at the time. A study, published in Breastfeeding Reviews [3.2 (1995): 65-72], was done on 8175 women; about half of these women were breastfeeding at the time. The research found that about 4.92% of these women had some sort of mastitis. Another study, of 1075 women who had just given birth to a single child and were breastfeeding, was published in The Medical Journal of Australia [169.6 (1998): 310-312]. This study found that about 20% of these 1075 women had some form of mastitis. So, given the findings of these two comprehensive studies, a breast infection seems to be more common in women who are lactating, than in women who are not. So if you are a mother who is lactating, you probably have more of a chance that your breast problem is due to some kind of infection.
A 1958 study, suggested that stagnant breast milk was a significant cause of breast infections. The study was published in Proceedings of the Royal Society of Medicine [51.5 (1958): 305-311]. The researcher, Gunther, found from her clinical observation that, by removing milk as it was produced, could largely eliminate incidence of mastitis. Gunther also speculated, that mastitis is a secondary infection; the primary instigator of which, being stagnant milk, sitting in the breast.
An American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology [149.5 (1984): 492-495] study, also shows the importance of emptying the breasts of milk. The study found that, the signs of mastitis, could be caused simply by too much milk in the breasts. Inflammation without infection of the breasts could also result from too much breast milk. The researchers also suggested, that inflammation, could easily progress to an actual infection. In cases of milk stasis, noninfectious inflammation, and actual breast infection were all improved by removing milk. Inflammation due to too much milk required pumping more milk out of the breasts after feeding. The study also felt that an infected breast could produce abscesses if enough milk was not removed frequently from the breasts.
There can be several reasons why your not getting enough milk out of your breasts; some of them include the following:
- Breasts become very full of milk soon after childbirth.
- Poor attachment of the infant to the breasts.
- Improper, or ineffective suckling.
- A low frequency of feeding.
- Not breastfeeding for a long enough time.
- The milk ducts have some type of blockage in them.
- Your breasts are simply producing too much milk.
- You have given birth to 2 or more children; and, you’re lactating more as a result.
Candida Prevalence on Breasts
A study demonstrated the rate at which non-lactating and lactating women would experience thrush on their breast skin. The study was published in the Brazilian journal Pesquisa Odontológica Brasileira [17.2 (2003): 151-155]. 169 women participated in the study in total. Of these women, 55 were breastfeeding their child, and 34 women who were not lactating. These women had their breasts tested for the presence of Candida. The study found, that women who were not breastfeeding, had around half as much incidence of thrush on the breast. The study suggested a continually moistened breast, that experiences the mechanical pressures of an infant’s suckling, would make an ideal place for Candida to colonize. The following image, was taken from the study. The image shows the prevalence of Candida being found on the breasts, or in the mouth, of women who breastfed and of those that did not breastfeed. The picture, after this first image, was also taken from the study. This picture shows the species of Candida that were responsible for the colonization of breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding women. Again, both images were taken from this study.
Skin Yeast Infections on the Breast
A study, published in Mycoses [51.s4 (2008): 2-15], outlines the symptoms a skin yeast infection will induce. If your breast skin has these symptoms, it indicates that Candida could be colonizing that area of your body. The symptoms of a skin yeast infection, outlined by the study, include the following:
- Intense itching of the area.
- Reddening of the skin.
- Softer, or thinner, skin in the area; accompanied by small bumps filled with pus.
- Pus blisters can break open leaving a discolored base with dead skin.
Places on the breast, such as under the breasts, are perfect areas where thrush can develop. It should be more rare to develop thrush above the base of your breasts; but it can happen. If you see the aforementioned symptoms on the skin of your breast, Candida could be the cause of such problems. The Mycoses study, states the following about skin yeast infections:
In normal populations, superficial skin candidiasis occurs because of a combination of deficiency of the skin's barrier and an endogenous yeast reservoir (yeast growing somewhere inside the body; such as the gut or vagina). Typically, Candida infection is activated by antibiotic or steroid therapy. Obesity and diabetes mellitus are leading predisposing factors for cutaneous candidiasis.
Mycoses [51.s4 (2008): 2-15]
Natural Treatment for Thrush on the Breast
Natural medicine, provides many powerful treatment options, for thrush on the breast skin. One way to tackle this health malady, is to use honey mixed with essential oils. Honey is a proven inhibitor of Candida growth; and should be very safe to use on your skin. To ensure you kill the yeast colonizing your breast skin, add in some oregano essential oil, lemongrass essential oil, and thyme essential oil. You can add other types of essential oil if you’d like! Just make sure, if you feel the oils causing pain, you wash this mixture off your skin. You can try using weaker concentrations of essential oils, if burning occured, at a later time. Candida Hub does have an extensive amount of information on various essential oils that are proven Candida fighters; you can learn more here: Essential Oils for Yeast Infections.
Once you have your honey mixed with essential oils ready to go, you can apply it directly to the skin where you have the thrush. Try and do this before you go to bed at night. If you want to treat the area during the day, you can substitute coconut oil for the honey. Coconut oil also kills yeast so it is a great natural, safe treatment option! If you are breastfeeding, you should thoroughly wash the honey or coconut oil mixture off the breast with soap and water before you feed your child. Essential oils are not suitable to use with infants, so to be safe, wash your breasts.
If you don’t have any essential oils, you can mash up some garlic or mix in some cinnamon bark powder to your honey or coconut oil. Both garlic and cinnamon are able to fight Candida; so they make great natural treatments. Additionally, since cinnamon powder and garlic are foods, they will be safer to use than potent essential oils would be. For this reason, you may wish to utilize these items, instead of essential oils. Just try and keep your honey somewhat liquid; don’t put so much dry herbs into the honey that it loses its viscosity! After a week, or so, of using this natural therapy regularly, you should see a reduction of your breast thrush or be totally cured of this condition!
Professional Guidance & Help with Breastfeeding
If you have been having some difficulties with breastfeeding, and this is leading to pain or skin agitation; you may want to get some expert advice on how to do this. Unfortunately, many first time moms can struggle with this important, bonding experience. Fortunately, there are women like Kate Hale who can give a lot of help and support to moms desiring to improve their breastfeeding. Kate Hale is a registered nurse, registered midwife, and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She has spent over 25 years in postnatal care in her private practice and in maternity hospitals throughout Australia. Kate can guide you in helping your baby latch and feed so you can reduce the amount of mechanical stress exerted on your breast and nipple. Kate offers a series of informative videos that guide moms in breastfeeding and several other topics—such as avoiding mastitis. You will be able to steer clear of breast thrush more easily using proper nursing techniques. If you’d like to learn a bit more about Kate and her program, you can find out more at Kate Hale’s website.
All-Natural 12 Hour Yeast Infection Cure
One woman who was an unfortunate victim of Candida for a considerably long time was Sarah Summer. Although Sarah would eventually develop a natural solution to her problem, she suffered with recurrent vaginal yeast infections frequently before finding an answer. Sarah routinely bought products to eliminate the surface level symptoms of her vaginal thrush, and seemed to always get another infection shortly after getting one cleared up. This cycle went on form some time; until, Sarah developed a particularly severe yeast infection.
After visiting with her doctor and being examined; Sarah was told her vaginal yeast infection would not go away with any treatment. Apparently the yeast in Sarah’s vagina had formed into a mold—sending out deep tendrils into her body. Faced with having to deal with this life ruining problem indefinitely, Sarah decided to see if she could find some answers herself.
Sarah’s husband Robert also helped her medical research efforts. Sarah says she practically “lived” in a medical library during this period of her life. She had a good idea, however, of what she needed to do. Instead of looking to merely treat the surface level problems, she sought to understand and fix the underlying physiological factors that predisposed her to routine Candidiasis. Using this concept, she kept researching, and trying many different supposed remedies for yeast infections. All the work she and her husband accomplished did pay off. Soon Sarah had develop a natural therapy that got rid of her vaginal yeast infection quickly. And, this treatment also addressed and fixed the underlying health issues that predisposed her to infection. The result was Sarah got rid of her stubborn yeast infection; and, the Candida outbreaks stopped! Sarah had become free of recurrent yeast infections!
Sarah found, as she shared her therapy with others, that they would report back and explain their Candida problems were cleared up in no more than 12 hours time. With such positive results, Sarah published a book detailing exactly how to copy her and get rid of your thrush problem in 12 hours naturally. Many people who battled with thrush have used her remedy and been cured.
Sarah published her book with a prominent publisher, a subsidiary of Keynetics Incorporated. Keynetics is one of the largest electronic publishers in the world; and their publishing site is one of the most visited websites on the internet. Sarah also offers a generous 8-week, 100% money back guarantee on her book. If you decide to try Sarah’s system, and find that you're not seeing what you expected, you can contact her publisher and get a prompt refund on your purchase. Sarah’s book is available as a digital downloadable PDF; and, you don’t have to return anything when you get a refund. With a full 8 weeks to test drive Sarah’s therapy, you’ll know quickly if you're not better in 12 hours or not!
To learn more about the bonuses Sarah offers with her book, see testimonials of others who used her book, read up on her refund promise, or learn more about Sarah’s personal struggle with Candida, you can get this information at Sarah Summer’s website. If you’d like to talk to Sarah, you can even find her email address at the bottom of her website.
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