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Areola (Overview)

The areola is the dark area around the nipple.


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Are areolas always round?

Are areolas always round?

Generally: They can round or oval and all sizes. ...Read more

Areola (Overview)

The areola is the dark area around the nipple.


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What to do about large areolas?

What to do about large areolas?

Depends: This is more a cosmetic issue. Do they affect you or others? If it affects you then see a plastic surgeon. Reduction surgery is simple and will not affect future lactation, etc. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have big areolas?

Is it normal to have big areolas?

Not abnormal: Every person is unique, and some people may have large areolas, just as some people are tall, some not so tall, etc. ...Read more

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White dots around and on my areolas?

Montgomery glands: Do a google image search for montgomery glands. If this is what you're talking about, these are normal. Everyone with breasts has montgomery glands, but some are more pronounced than others. ...Read more

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Why is one areola darker then the other?

Not sure: Often there maybe subtle or more obvious differences on one side of the body that may not have any explanation except we are born that way" nature can't be always perfect " ...Read more

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I am wondering what causes huge areolas?

They can increase: In size with pregnancy or period. Genetics play a part. The areola helps baby focus in on the nipple. ...Read more

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Why do I have new freckles on my areolas?

Not freckles: The pigmented spots on the nipples are probably areolar glands rather than freckles. If you have developed pigmented spots on the nipple you should see you doctor for an exam to rule out cancer. ...Read more

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What can lead to the right areola to itch?

What can lead to the right areola to itch?

Infection: Sometimes you can have yeast infection or allergic reaction from newly changed BRA ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have big areola?

What does it mean when you have big areola?

It means that each: Of us is unique. Size tends to increase during pregnancy and breast feeding. ...Read more

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Areolas getting darker, should I be worried?

Areola: If both breasts areola the same, probably just increased pigmentation. If it is asymmetrical, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have changes in your areola?

Is it normal to have changes in your areola?

Yes: The body changes all the time. Some changes can be a sign of trouble. Hardening, retraction, inversion, discharge, surrounding dimpling of the skin are signs of concern. ...Read more

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Embarrassing question==my areola is dimpled?

Montgomery Glands: Pretty normal - glands of montgomery can give it a ripply appearance. ...Read more

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Is there a procedure to make my areolas bigger?

Not specifically: The areola often grows in proportion to the rest of the breast. Gaining weight, breast growth, or augmentation, may enlarge your areola. A color matched tattoo may also create the appearance of an enlarged areola. ...Read more

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Darkening of the areola in men. I'm really worried?

Acanthosis Nigricans: If it is associated with increased weight, this may represent acanthosis nigricans. This is a benign condition that can be associated with pre-diabetes. Other causes include post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, or other causes. See a dermatologist to evaluate this condition. ...Read more

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Is it common for one areola to be wider than another?

Asymmetry is common.: The amount of breast tissue a woman has is genetically determined. This includes areola size. Most parts of your body are not symmetric and identically sized, including breasts, and there is nothing "abnormal" about one nipple, areola, or entire breast somewhat larger or smaller than the other. If this is a new change for you, however, it's best to be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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Why is the bottom of my areola look like it's sagging?

Normal variation: Normal areolae have variable sizes and shapes. What appears to be sagging is normal.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Hi, is having a rough and hard edge around areola natural?

No: See primary care physician person to evaluate rough hard edge around Areola ...Read more

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Could there be any problems arising from having no areola?

No: I do not see in my expertise it would pose a problem or problems though. ...Read more

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Can the color of your areola vary slightly from day to day?

Can the color of your areola vary slightly from day to day?

Here's a link...: Http://www. Healthywomen. Org/content/ask-expert/1296/normal-breast-changes-over-lifetime

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My areolas have gotten much larger in the last 3 weeks. Why?

More Information: Hi VMckenzie,
I don't have a medical reason for your apparent change in size of nipples. Need more information
Body changes with weight changes. Would have to ask more questions. Are you pregnant, did you gain weight, how did you measure, what made you measure them.?
Rest assured it is normal to ask about body changes.
Dr Lange ...Read more

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Pain in my areola for over a week now. Should I be concerned?

Pain in my areola for over a week now. Should I be concerned?

Get eval: Pain for over 1 week should be evaluated. Get an exam to assess the area. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Possible reasons why my areolas increase then decrease randomly?

Areola size: Uncertain as change in size usually occurs with pregnancy and significant change to breast size. ...Read more

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Can the female areola be soft if it has not been touched by anybody?

Yes/no: Female areola can be either. Some are soft naturally and some are doughy and the rest are hard (especially if frequently touch or plays with it). ...Read more

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Is it normal for one areola to be significantly bigger than the other?

Is it normal for one areola to be significantly bigger than the other?

It's possible.: It could be a normal variant or from greater stimulation (you know what I mean!) take care! ...Read more

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My right areola has become considerably larger than my left areola. Is this normal?

My right areola has become considerably larger than my left areola. Is this normal?

Normally different: Although most parts of our body have left and right counterparts, their size may vary. Ie. Ears may be slightly higher on one side than the other. It is normal to have areolas different in size. It is a normal variant if this is not a new change. ...Read more

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I am having sharp pains in the tip of my areola? What is it and shoul I be worried?

Slightly: Could be due to hormonal, infectious, glandular or skin related condition. Difficult to tell without examination, which I highly recommend. ...Read more

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I noticed my areolas are becoming darker the past couple of weeks. What can cause this?

? Hormones: Some of the drugs can cause this change especially female hormones like estrogen excess.
You are taking too many pills...perhaps your doctor can help you cut down on some of them. ...Read more