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Itchy Breasts: Don’t Ignore Them!

Irritating nipples? Not only is it uncomfortable, but it’s also disturbing. In fact, it can be a symptom of a disease such as shingles, eczema, allergies, a bacterial infection, and worse, breast cancer. In sum, the itchy breasts It can have several causes and can be synonymous with various pathologies. Therefore, we must be vigilant. More information in this article.

What are the causes of sore nipples?

Actually, it is the skin around the nipple that becomes irritated and itchy. This problem can have several causes.

It can be of viral origin. This is the case of tiles. If they are caused by Staphylococcus aureus, then it is a bacterial infection. In both cases, it is often the postpartum women who suffer. They have a submammary skin infection and recurrent mastitis. They may also end up suffering from a breast abscess related to chronic carriage and familial staphylococcal disease.

Irritation can also be the result of a local allergy caused by cleaning products or soaps. Wearing a metal underwire bra can also cause the same problem. It may even be the underwear that causes thenipple irritation. This is usually the case if they are made from synthetic materials.

In some women, a hormonal imbalance or change is manifested by itchy breasts. This can herald a menstruation or pregnancy.

Symptoms of breast cancer:

In most cases, an itchy nipple portends minor illnesses. And yet, this concern can also indicate a more serious problem, including breast Paget’s. The latter is a form of breast cancer. After the irritation and rash, redness and other skin changes around the nipple may appear. As a result of these symptoms, you may also have discharge or bleeding from the nipple, the appearance of a mass under the nipple, or flattening and inversion of the nipple. If these situations occur and are accompanied by a burning sensation in the chest, you should immediately take the necessary measures and contact a professional.

What to do if the nipple itches?

The first thing to do in case of breast irritation is to understand and detect the causes. This is usually easy. It is also necessary to go to a professional such as a dermatologist for accuracy.

In general, if the concern appears to be mild or not serious, the use of antibiotics or antivirals may be sufficient. If there are lesions on the nipples, it is enough to use an antiseptic to dry them. Thus, the risk of contagion will be remote.

Treatment for herpes zoster is symptomatic. To calm the pain caused by this pathology, it is necessary to carry out a local disinfection to limit the desiccation of the lesions. Then it is necessary to moisten the irritating parts. Often the patient must take oral pain relievers such as codeine, acetaminophen, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). The use of a dermatological soap or a bar with warm water during daily showers is especially recommended. This helps reduce symptoms and irritation.

Since this is an allergy problem, the first thing you should do is avoid allergens. In case of inflammation, it is possible to apply a corticosteroid locally. If it is an atopic eczema, which therefore has nothing to do with contact allergy, but is of genetic origin, it is necessary to follow the treatments recommended by a professional.

  • If it is Paget’s disease:

This situation is more delicate than the others. It cannot be treated at home. Many times it is necessary to perform breast surgery or removal of the breasts. This therapeutic option limits the damage that the disease can cause. However, depending on the stage of the pathology, it is possible to preserve part of the breast and remove only the affected area. We are talking about conservative surgery.

Some patients may also require other treatments, such as chemotherapy, hormone therapy, radiation therapy, and targeted therapies. The choice of these other treatments depends on the characteristics observed during diagnosis.

What to remember:

Causes of itchy breasts: The most common causes are skin problems such as eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, and allergies. Infections (staphylococcus aureus or streptococcus), benign breast tumors (fibroadenomas), and even cancer can also cause itchy breasts. Finally, certain medications can also be responsible for this symptom.

-Treatments for itchy breasts: depending on the underlying pathology, different treatments are possible. For example, antibiotics may be prescribed in case of infection. If you have a skin problem, topical corticosteroids or antihistamines can help relieve itching. If an allergic reaction occurs, identify the allergen and avoid it. When it comes to cancerous lesions, surgery is often necessary.

– Itchy nipples: if they are not always symptomatic of breast cancer, you should never ignore itchy nipples. They may be a sign of a more serious problem that requires immediate medical attention. Consult your doctor if you experience any type of itchy nipples so that he or she can determine the cause and provide you with the appropriate treatment.

* Presse Santé strives to transmit health knowledge in a language accessible to all. In NO CASE, the information provided can not replace the advice of a health professional.

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