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Q. My breast swelled up and was hot and painful to the touch. My doctor treated me for mastitis, but it turned out to be inflammatory breast cancer. I think other women should be aware that not all breast cancers start with a lump. A. That’s right. Inflammatory breast cancer does look a lot like mastitis, an infection of the breast that can have many causes. Mastitis is more common when you’re breast-feeding; and some women have a lifelong proclivity to bouts of mastitis. But if you’re experiencing a swollen, hot, painful, red breast for the first time, ask your doctor to carefully consider inflammatory breast cancer, and to test for it. Previous Breast Cancer Symptom: Lump Under Arm Back to Start of Illustrated Symptom FAQs
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I am 62 years old. In August of 2007 I had PVP surgery after suffering for 9 years with symtoms of an enlarged prostate . The operation was successful. My stream is strong and I get up only once at night to urinate. I got my life back. I don't have "urgency" issues and kayak, travel and basically enjoy life. I experienced many of the common post-op complications, including the need for catheterization several days after surgery, passing blood clots and intense burning while urinating. After 6 months everything was fine, except for one lingering problem. I experienced a burning sensation after ejaculation. I returned to my doctor for some answers and he was baffled. The burning ranges from very intense to very mild. Now, 14 months after the surgery, I still have this lingering problem and no answers. Can anyone help?
Burning on ejaculation may be associated with prostatitis . Cultures of the semen may have some benefit in trying to determine the cau...
Definition A throat swab culture is a laboratory test done to isolate and identify organisms that may cause infection in the throat. Alternative Names Throat culture and sensitivity; Culture - throat How the test is performed You will be asked to tilt your head back and open your mouth wide. The health care provider rubs a sterile cotton swab along the back of your throat near the tonsils. You need to resist gagging and closing the mouth while the swab touches this area. The health care provider may need to scrape the back of the throat with the swab several times. This helps improve the chances of detecting bacteria. How to prepare for the test Do not use antiseptic mouthwashes before the test. How the test will feel Your throat may be sore at the time the test is taken. You may experience a gagging sensation when the back of your throat is touched with the swab, but the test only lasts a few seconds. Why the test is performed The test is performed when a throat infection is suspected, particula...
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