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A 18-year-old female asked:

My nipple is dry, cracked,and itchy. its entirely dark green and yellow. is this an infection? could i end up losing my nipple if i treat it too late?

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Dr. Akbar Zikria
Family Medicine 8 years experience
Possible: It is possible you may have had an infection initially. Usually with an active infection there is redness, warmth, pus, and pain. Fungal infections can present similarly. Are you breastfeeding? This can be a potential risk factor. You also may want to discontinue that in the meantime until you see your primary doc.
Dr. Akbar Zikria
Family Medicine 8 years experience
Provided original answer
In clarifying my previous answer, greenish and yellowish skin discoloration can be later stages of an infection involving tissue necrosis (dead tissue). Seeking your primary doctor's help with treatment is advised.
Aug 3, 2015
Dr. Frank Kuitems
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Yes: Yes the nipple with yellow green dark discharge is usually infected recommend seeking medical attention within 24 hours from a doctor.if someone ignores this is possible for the tissue to necrosis and rot away. This rarely happens. But if ignored scarring is quite ugly can occur

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