When a reality star shared a photo of herself with her baby, saying that she was battling the flu, followers were quick to point out that something more serious might be going on.
Zoe Hendrix appeared on the reality show "Married At First Sight," on which she met her now-husband, Alex Garner. The two fell in love on the show in 2015 and, according to ViralNova, welcomed a baby girl into the world in November 2016.
Two months after giving birth, Zoe shared a photo on her Instagram page of herself in bed with her daughter, saying that she had come down with the flu.
"SICK AS a flea bitten dog in the backstreets of Bali. Except I'm not in Bali I'm in bed with a temp of 39, sore throat, body aches and an 8 week old," Hendrix wrote in the Instagram post. "I salute all you mums/dads with chronic and serious illness who get up everyday and push through the pain and take care of your kids. this s*** is hard #migraneandcryingbaby #notafunmix #shootmenow."
Hendrix quickly received a number of comments from followers. Some pointed out that her symptoms sounded less like the flu and more like a condition called mastitis, which is caused by a blocked milk duct in the breast.
According to Baby Center, the condition involves breast tissue becoming inflamed and may result in redness, soreness, hardness or unusual warmness in the area. Symptoms include fever, chills and fatigue. Infection can result from milk stuck in the breast or from damaged nipples, through which germs can enter the breast.
Mastitis can be treated with antibiotics, but if it's not caught soon enough, it can result in hospitalization and sometimes even surgery.
Fortunately for Hendrix, the suggestions of her followers inspired her to look into whether mastitis might be the issue. The next day, Hendrix shared an update thanking her followers.
"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 #thankyouinstafam."
Thanks to her observant followers, Hendrix recovered from the health scare and got right back to taking care of her baby.