The star of an Australian reality TV show was diagnosed with mastitis after being tipped off by a number of her fans on social media.
Zoe Hendrix, 27, who appeared on “Married at First Sight,” gave birth to her first child in November 2016, according to the Daily Mail. In January she posted an image of herself to Instagram and wrote that she was sick with the flu.
“Sick as a flea bitten dog in the backstreets of Bali,” she wrote underneath the photo. “I’m in bed with a temp of [102 degrees], sore throat, body aches and an 8 week old. I salute all you mums/dads with chronic and serious illness who get up every day and push through and take care of your kids.”
Her Instagram followers responded that she may have come down with mastitis, an infection of the breast tissue caused by a blocked milk duct. Symptoms usually come on suddenly and include breast tenderness and swelling, pain or burning, skin redness, fever and general feeling of illness, according to the Mayo Clinic.
“As soon as I read your comment and saw your temp I [thought] mastitis straight away,” one of Hendrix’s followers wrote. “Get to the [doctor], especially if there is redness around the sore spots. It’ll only get worse if you don’t get meds.”
“It sounds like mastitis,” another commented. “Get to the doctor right now”
They were right. Later that day, Hendrix posted another image of herself and her baby in the bathtub, confirming that she did have mastitis and thanking her fans for their advice.
“Thank [you] to all you wonderful and switched on followers who informed me about mastitis in my last post (which I thought was just the flu),” she wrote. “I have been on antibiotics, pain relief, and my angel of a mother in law has been helping me care for Harper. I am starting to feel human again after feeling like I was hit by a truck!”
Sources: Daily Mail, Mayo Clinic / Photo credit: Instagram via Daily Mail