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Racine, WI
A 23-year-old female asked:

my areola right by my nipples is inflamed and has clear discharge it started out almost like a dry flakey and now it's like this. i was breastfeeding.

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
See a doctor: Get this examined asap. Will not speculate on a diagnosis without seeing this but you should definitely be seen by a good clinician.
Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 28 years experience
Nipple/areola rash: Nipples can get dry and irritated easily, especially in winter. This is particularly true when a woman is breastfeeding because saliva and stretching irritate the delicate nipple and areola skin further. If switching to a non-soap cleansing bar and moisturizing with petrolatum doesn't help, please see your dermatologist. There are other nipple/areola conditions that need to be ruled out.

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Last updated Apr 18, 2015

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