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Breast Abnormalities and Other Symptoms
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1/14/2018Hi there,

I have some red patched on my breast. I have a big one on the underside of my breast and a small one near the top and one in my cleavage. I have been to the Dr 3x now for this. I've had them for about a month now. The Dr first thought it was plugged ducts as I am nursing my 20 month old daughter still and I had been taking lactation cookies at the time. After 2 weeks they weren't gone, so she sent me for an ultrasound. I got my results 2 weeks later and it found no abnormalities. I'm so worried it's IBC and it's being missed. My Dr said she can refer me to breast specialist, but she doesn't think there is anything to worry about and also told me to get cancer out of my head. The rash looks lighter or almost not visible sometimes. Other times it is still very prominent. I've also red that IBC rash can come and go,and that it doesn't always show up on an ultrasound
I'm so sick with worry
I have two young children. I just want this all to go away. I'm going to call my dr ask to see the breast surgeon tomorrow. I guess I'm just looking for any other ideas as to what this could be. No one else seems to be as concerned as I am.
RepliedJHU's Breast Center Reply
1/15/2018IBC doesn't come and go. it comes and stays, and gets worse. see a breast specialist so that this can be properly diagnosed and treated. we hope it will be a local infection.

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