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Can excessive stimulation of the breast by obsessive examination or too big bra cause changes to size and color of areolas?

Can excessive stimulation of the breast by obsessive examination or too big bra cause changes to size and color of areolas?

You might have: Some edema if the areolas are excessively manipulated. If skin is excoriated if may impact color. Bottom line - are you so excessive that you are causing significant trauma to your breasts? See you have anxiety. Is this a compulsive behavior? See you take xanax (alprazolam). If you have poorly controlled compulsion speak with your doctor about non - med therapies as well as SSRI's. ...Read more

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My areola on my right breast is swollen. It changes constantly. Top half, bottom half, left, or right.

My areola on my right breast is swollen. It changes constantly. Top half, bottom half, left, or right.

Breast asymmetry: Hi Laura. How old are you? Are you somewhere in puberty? Breast changes during puberty (which include areolar changes) may be temporally asymmetrical. Of course, you can ignore that if you're far past puberty. ...Read more

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Hi, I am 26 yrs old and 6months pregnant. I'm experiencing an unusual changes on my breast. Specifically on my areola. It is dry and has dimples.

Not so unusual: The areola has Glands of Montgomery (dimples/bumps) that become more prominent later in pregnancy. If you still have concerns, talk to your treating OB MD about it. ...Read more

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My sister noticed a lump in her right breast about 9 months ago and now she noticed a change in the size of the areola. Please what could be the cause?

Breast lump: For this your sister with history of breast lump in the past with changing areola size, need to see a general surgeon for evaluation and management.
Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it possible for nipples to change colors and have more visible veins in areola and breasts at five weeks pregnant?

Pigmentary Change: Yes, it is. During pregnancy, the areolae darken and the vessels of the breast may become more prominent. ...Read more

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Period 12/1-breast changes pregnancy test 1 week after expected period (negatif)-period 21/2-areola darkening (i think) neg test 4 days ago pregnant??

Period 12/1-breast changes pregnancy test 1 week after expected period (negatif)-period 21/2-areola darkening (i think) neg test 4 days ago pregnant??

Too soon to test: If you miss your period by 4-5 days, do a home pregnancy test. If the result is negative repeat the test 4-5 days later unless you get a period by then. Use first morning urine and follow the instructions for the test carefully.
If you do not wish to be pregnant, use contraception all the time, every time. You may consider implanted contraceptive, or IUD.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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I have sore, swollen breasts. Veins poping out all the time, aereola larger than normal. No change during periods. C?

I have sore, swollen breasts. Veins poping out all the time, aereola larger than normal. No change during periods. C?

Normal finding: I am amazed about how often I have women ask me about the veins on their breast. Occasionally they are spider veins but mostly they are blue veins. These are almost always normal findings and normal variations of chest veins. They tend to be more pronounced in fair skinned females. Your symptoms may be normal, genetic, hormonal or even related to pregnancy. See your Ob or Vein Specialist. ...Read more

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Are breast lifts and areola reductions actually worth it?

Yes ifconcern to you: These are elective procedures. These are rejuvenating procedures. They are considerate cosmetic procedures. ...Read more

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Ok so I heard it's normal for breast not to be the same size. But what about a women's areola? What if one is a lot bigger? What is wrong.

Ok so I heard it's normal for breast not to be the same size. But what about a women's areola? What if one is a lot bigger? What is wrong.

New condition?: If you always had a different size, it is usually a congenital anomaly and normal. If it was always relatively the same size and one is now larger, then get an eval to see why the change occurred. ...Read more

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I'm 19, for the past couple of years my right breast's areola is a different shape from the left and is bigger. I have not noticed anything else odd?

Separate, yet unequal: Mother Nature never gives a woman two identical breasts or areola normally. It is a form of natural discrimination, but legal. ...Read more

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What causes a pimple like on the areola of the breast?

What causes a pimple like on the areola of the breast?

A number of small: Glands secrete a lubricating material - the montgomery glands. If you an infection that is another issue. ...Read more

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Uneven breasts/big areolas, is it possible to fix?

Absolutely: The best thing to do is to see a plastic surgeon, certified by the american board of plastic surgery. They can look at you to decide what operation or combination of operations may give you the result you are looking for. Good luck! ...Read more

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I don't have areolas. (Yes I know what it is) I have relatively small breasts 32B and I weigh 125 pounds. I've been the same size since I was 13.

Not a disease: There are many variations on the size of the breast, nipples and areolae. Not having areolae is not a disease and would not affect any physiological function of the breast. I would recommend letting it be.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. 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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My breasts have been noticeably getting smaller than bigger month by month. Now my nipples are bigger and my areolas are growing on the bottom.???

My breasts have been noticeably getting smaller than bigger month by month. Now my nipples are bigger and my areolas are growing on the bottom.???

Unclear: Changes in the breasts typically occur over time and not month to month. If your weight is fluctuating then this may contribute to breast size. If you are concerned schedule a visit for a breast exam to make sure all is normal. ...Read more

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Noticed small lumps on my areola's (breasts). I think they're Montgomery Tubercles. Should I be worried? Will the lumps disappear, and if so how long?

Montgomery Tubercles: Hi, as you mentioned yourself the bumps could be Montgomery Tubercles which become when stimulated and with hormonal changes. ...Read more

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Will the areola region shrink after breast development?

Will the areola region shrink after breast development?

Varies: The size and color of the areola part of the breast varies a lot from woman to woman. If you have concerns about the development or appearance of your breasts, then see a gynecologist. Usually your concerns will be calmed by your gynecologist. ...Read more

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Darker breast skin under the areola? Any way to lighten it?

Darker breast skin under the areola? Any way to lighten it?

Tretinoin: Results will vary but retinoids used for acne such as retin a (tretinoin) differin etc will gradually peel skin and lighten dark area. This does peel and it is drying. Use every other day if necessary. ...Read more

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If I loose my weight does it also reduse my breast and areola size?

If I loose my weight does it also reduse my breast and areola size?

Weight loss: When people lose weight there are different areas that will tend to loss fat first. Everyone one is different as far as the areas the will loss fat first but many women will lose fat in the breast if they lose enough weight. The areola size will probably not change a lot. ...Read more

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Can docs please explain are breast lifts and areola reductions worth it?

Beauty is in the eye: Of the beholder. It is a matter of esthetics. ...Read more

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Hi I have a small bump with black center on my right breast below the areola. It has been there for couple of months and is painless.

Hi I have a small bump with black center on my right breast below the areola. It has been there for couple of months and is painless.

Bump on breast: Sounds like you are describing a "black head" or blocked oil duct that has been exposed to air - turning it black. Sometimes with pressure these can be expressed but if its not bothering you - best leave it alone. Warm compresses may help to dislodge it as well. ...Read more

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What can cause the areola to start to spread out into one breast suddenly, for one month? It's the breast where I had recent abnormal mammo 6 month FU

What can cause the areola to start to spread out into one breast suddenly, for one month? It's the breast where I had recent abnormal mammo 6 month FU

Breast changes: Do you think it is bruising from your recent mammogram? If not please have your doc look at it and examine your breast. Some less common breast cancers can present with odd symptoms ...Read more

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It looks like my breast tissue inside moves into my areola making it bigger and "Pop" out, no pain, only happens in shower, goes back to normal when done?

It looks like my breast tissue inside moves into my areola making it bigger and "Pop" out, no pain, only happens in shower, goes back to normal when done?

Normal: The hot water in the shower dilates blood vessels and can cause your nipples to become erect, which can be a normal reaction, that as you even stated, will simply return to normal when done. ...Read more

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Whole areola "pops" out at times, it looks like my breast tissue moves into my areola, no pain, not sure if this is normal, I am big chested, size double D?

Nipple contraction: The areola with the nipple has muscles that can allow the nipple to contract with touch, stimulation, or cold causing a change in the visual appearance of the areola normally. If the nipple is "inverted" and doesn't come back "out" you need to see a MD for evaluation in that instance. ...Read more