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Doctor insights on: A Male With A Painful 1 Inch Swelling Under The Right Nipple

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I'm a 35 year old male; my right nipple began hurting about four days ago, first itching then painful with swelling. What does this mean?

I'm a 35 year old male; my right nipple began hurting about four days ago, first itching then painful with swelling. What does this mean?

Possible infection?: Is there any redness or tenderness associated? If so it is most likely an infection. Other potential problems: cysts, fat mass, tumors. Try to get seen as soon as possible for a final diagnosis. ...Read more

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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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Hi-i have a slight swelling of a vein/duct just above one of my nipples. It is painful to touch and reddish. I can feel a long swollen ridge. Any idea what caused this?

Hi-i have a slight swelling of a vein/duct just above one of my nipples. It is painful to touch and reddish. I can feel a long swollen ridge. Any idea what caused this?

Tender breast lesion: A tender red lesion in your breast may be a sign of an infection, called mastitis, and it is not normal to have such a bump. I suggest you go to your doctor for an examination as soon as possible. It could also be a cancer, despite your young age. ...Read more

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My son (18) has some swelling and white discharge from one nipple. No pain. Should I take him to urgent care or wait fro a routine appointment?

My son (18) has some swelling and white discharge from one nipple. No pain. Should I take him to urgent care or wait fro a routine appointment?

Interesting: If the white discharge is pus, and there is a lot of redness and tenderness to the area, then he may have an infection. Urgenbt care would be appropriate. However, this may be galactorrhea, which is very unusual in a male and may be a sign of endocrine dysfunction. That is less urgent, and can probably wait for an appointment with his primary care physician. ...Read more

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My son (18) has some swelling and white discharge from one nipple. Culture, ultrsound, and blood test have not yielded diagnosis. What to do next?

My son (18) has some swelling and white discharge from one nipple. Culture, ultrsound, and blood test have not yielded diagnosis.  What to do next?

Not enough data: Hormones are usually involved in nipple discharge outside of lactation. The key hormone may be prolactin, but certain drugs, nipple stimulation and a host of other factors may contribute.The results of the blood tests are important to see also... ...Read more

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I have something on my nipple that has cause swelling and pain in my entire left breast. I also have 13 year old implants which this one is very hard?

I have something on my nipple that has cause swelling and pain in my entire left breast. I also have 13 year old implants which this one is very hard?

Infection?: It sounds like there may be an infection or abscess. I would all and make an appointment to be evaluated and possible antibiotics, ASAP. ...Read more

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One nipple has been extremely itchy and the top half has been swelling, scabbing, and turning darker. I have been applying cortizone, (hydrocortisone) but no results.

One  nipple has been extremely itchy and the top half has been swelling, scabbing, and turning darker. I have been applying cortizone, (hydrocortisone) but no results.

See a doctor: U should get it checked out. It could be an infection, insect bite or other lesion. It is best to be safe and get evaluated. Men can also develop tumors in the breasts. ...Read more

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I have 3yr old nipple piercing.My right nipple has yellowish discharge, bleeding , and very painful to even wear my bra. 3 days of this. swelling?

I have 3yr old nipple piercing.My  right nipple has yellowish discharge, bleeding , and very painful to even wear my bra. 3 days of this. swelling?

Possible infection: Check for signs of infection: ^'ed redness, warmth, swelling. ^'ed tenderness, pus, red streaking, swollen lymph nodes or fever. Recommend keeping piercing in place unless directed by Dr (if removed – drainage tract will close up w ^'ed risk of abscess formation). Call Dr for medical evaluation. Your Dr may prescribe oral antibiotics or antibiotic ointments to apply to piercing site. ...Read more

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Men (Definition)

Men are adult members of the male sex. The acropnym men also stands for multiple endocrine neoplasia, a hereditary condition that involves benign and malignant tumors of various glands. There are two main types, men ...Read more


Nipple (Definition)

A nipple also known mammary papilla or teat is a small projection of skin containing the outlets for 15–20 lactiferous ducts. Its at the apex or top or breast ...Read more