To relieve discomfort associated with mammary duct ectasia, you might try these self-care measures:
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- Apply warm compresses. A warm compress applied to your nipple area may reduce pain and swelling.
- Wear a breast pad. If you have nipple discharge, wear a breast pad or nursing pad to keep the fluid from leaking through your clothing. These pads are available at drugstores and many retail stores that sell baby-care products.
- Wear a support bra. Wear a bra with good support to minimize breast discomfort. A well-fitting bra can also help keep a breast pad in place to absorb nipple discharge.
- Sleep on the opposite side. Try to avoid sleeping on the same side of your body as your affected breast. This can help prevent further discomfort and swelling.
- Stop smoking. Smoking may make it harder to treat an infection, and ongoing smoking may result in recurrent infections or an abscess.
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