What is red breast syndrome? What causes it? How long does it last?

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Learning About Breast Cancer 10 months ago
  • anonymous
    Survivor since 2007

    The easiest thing to do is "google" the term RED BREAST SYNDROME. It is difficult to estimate duration because we are all different. It will take as long as it takes you each individual. Take care, Sharon

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    • anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi Sharon- Thank you for responding. I googled "red breast syndrome" and got several sights similar to this one where women are describing there symptoms, etc, There does not seem to be any medical information. My doctor says that it typically...

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      Hi Sharon- Thank you for responding. I googled "red breast syndrome" and got several sights similar to this one where women are describing there symptoms, etc, There does not seem to be any medical information. My doctor says that it typically manifests itself in the first 3-4 weeks post surgery. My surgery was three and half months ago. Anyway, I feel fine and will just wait this through (what else can I do?). I just read your story. I am glad that you are doing so well! Donna

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    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Donna, that's what I understood while reading. There was a mention of a seroma which is a collection of fluid....at least I think that is what it is. Donna, you could get another opinion, that would be totally appropriate. Other than this...

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      Donna, that's what I understood while reading. There was a mention of a seroma which is a collection of fluid....at least I think that is what it is. Donna, you could get another opinion, that would be totally appropriate. Other than this complication hopefully you are doing ok. Breast cancer treatment isn't for wimps! Hang in there and keep us posted, take care, Sharon

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  • anonymous
    Survivor since 2013

    Hi Donna, Think I may have it... My doctor does not think it is a infection. My right breast is red in a are by my ins

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    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Incision. It has been there about 2 weeks. Not getting bigger not getting smaller. So yesterday he put me on a high oral dose of antibiotic for 10 days to see if it clears up. I do not have a fever and it does not really hurt... So very...

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      Incision. It has been there about 2 weeks. Not getting bigger not getting smaller. So yesterday he put me on a high oral dose of antibiotic for 10 days to see if it clears up. I do not have a fever and it does not really hurt... So very frustrated . But while at my doctor yesterday a woman was there and had 2 infections over the past year with her tissue expanders. Not sure if you have them or not. I do since last May...

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    • anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi TH-

      Thank you for responding. I had a double mastectomy in June; I have tissue expanders, and I had an infection in July (temp, accelerated white cell count, discomfort). After high doses of IV antibiotics, in addition to oral antibiotics,...

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      Hi TH-

      Thank you for responding. I had a double mastectomy in June; I have tissue expanders, and I had an infection in July (temp, accelerated white cell count, discomfort). After high doses of IV antibiotics, in addition to oral antibiotics, the infection cleared up and I was able to resume the expansion process.
      About two and a half weeks ago, I developed a red area that was warm to the touch so I went in. Again, they thought it was infection (even though no temp or high white cell count). I was put on IV antibiotics for 5 days. When I saw my surgeon, he prescribed a high dose oral antibiotic for the next five days. When I saw him again, he began to think that, perhaps, this is not an infection after all... and that it may be "Red Breast Syndrome". So, now we are monitoring it. I feel fine, was able to return to work, and am just watching and waiting for this red-purple skin to return to normal skin color. The expansion process is over - so the next step for me is surgery.
      Hope all goes well with your treatment.
      Donna

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