This presentation updates medical practitioners managing lactating women with mastitis. A fundamental understanding of the pathophysiology of mastitis is gained, and the progression of mastitis is detailed. The various risk factors for mastitis are defined. Subtypes of mastitis are described, along with relevant diagnostic testing. Both topical and oral therapies for the distinct subsets of mastitis are presented, as well as non-pharmacologic interventions. Integrated into the discussion of therapeutics are safety concerns in lactation. In order to identify appropriate medication choices relevant applications i.e., apps, and online tools are presented and their usefulness to clinicians is highlighted.
Dr. Fullerton Stone completed dermatology residency and chief residency at Stanford University Medical Center. She has practiced in Menlo Park, CA for over 30 years, with her attention equally divided between medical and aesthetic dermatology, but with a long standing special interest in maternal-child welfare. She has done clinical research, published numerous papers, and presented lectures locally, nationally, and internationally in her areas of expertise.
Additionally, for 23 years she served as an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Stanford Medical Center, and taught general dermatology to residents and medical students.