Breast self-exams are a simple way for you to learn what your breasts normally feel like. During a breast self-exam, you examine your own breasts to look and feel for changes from one month to the next. You will learn how your breasts feel and what is normal for you so that you can spot any changes early. For more information about how to do a breast self-exam, see the topic Reference Breast Self-Examination.
If you have pain or a fever from a breast problem or injury, you can try nonprescription medicines for your symptoms.
|Try a nonprescription medicine to help treat your fever or pain:|
Talk to your child’s doctor before switching back and forth between doses of acetaminophen and ibuprofen. When you switch between two medicines, there is a chance your child will get too much medicine.
|Be sure to follow these safety tips when you use a nonprescription medicine:|
Alternative medicines or supplements may help relieve breast tenderness, discomfort, or pain (mastalgia). As with all alternative medicines and supplements, be sure to follow the directions on the label. Do not exceed the maximum recommended dose. If you are or could be pregnant, talk with your doctor before taking any medicine or supplement.
- Evening primrose. The latest research has shown that evening primrose oil is no better than a placebo, even after 6 months of treatment for breast pain.Reference 1 For more information on studies of evening primrose and breast symptoms, see the topic Reference Fibrocystic Breasts.
- Magnesium. Some studies have shown that Reference magnesium Opens New Window reduces mild premenstrual symptoms. For more information, see the topic Reference Fibrocystic Breasts.
Symptoms to watch for during home treatment
Reference Call your doctor if any of the following occur during home treatment:
- Skin changes, such as dimpling or puckering
- Changes in the color or feel of the breast
- Nipple discharge
- Darkening of the area around the nipple
- A nipple being drawn inward
- Any breast problem that lasts more than 2 weeks
- A breast lump in a man
- Reference Symptoms of a breast infection
- Symptoms that become more severe or more frequent
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference September 9, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Reference H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine