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My breasts turned darker, my nipples turned red, and my areola is cracking. NOT PREGNANT. What is the cause of this and should i be worried?

My breasts turned darker, my nipples turned red, and my areola is cracking. NOT PREGNANT. What is the cause of this and should i be worried?

See your MD: You are young and both breasts are affected. This speaks against anything malignant, and I am guessing more hormonal at this point. I recommend though that you see an MD for an exam! ...Read more

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What can cause swelling below the areola (besides inflammatory breast cancer)? No redness, pain, etc. Swollen nodes, but have been battling an infection.

What can cause swelling below the areola (besides inflammatory breast cancer)? No redness, pain, etc. Swollen nodes, but have been battling an infection.

Fibrocystic changes: Swelling below the areoal is ususally from benign causes. Inflammatory breast carcinoma is a lesion of the subcutaneous lymphatics of breast infiltrated with Ca. The breast becomes swollen and erytenatous with the edges of the lesion elevated. A 3D mammo or MRI of breast can resolve the issue. Bx is necessary to RO inflammatory Ca which can be lethal. ...Read more

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I have redness, swelling and achy-ness on inner/bottom section of right breast touching the areola 2 weeks after taking Plan B--what could this be?

I have redness, swelling and achy-ness on inner/bottom section of right breast touching the areola 2 weeks after taking Plan B--what could this be?

Hormonal changes: This is most likely due to hormone fluctuations that you are experiencing. If it persists it should be checked out. If you have a fever or other signs of illness it should be checked out right away. In the meantime, a cold compress with occasional massage should help. ...Read more

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I have dry peeling skin on my right breast.. Very little on left breast as well, mostly around my areola..Could it be dry skin? No itching no redness.

I have dry peeling skin on my right breast.. Very little on left breast as well, mostly around my areola..Could it be dry skin? No itching no redness.

Probably: This probably is a case of dry skin. This might be caused by friction from exercise (especially runners) soaps, hot showers, hot baths - basically anything that can strip away the oils that keep our skin from drying and peeling. If it doesn't improve with a skin moisturizer, it is best to see your Dr to determine why. ...Read more

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A month ago I noticed redness that mainly spread all over my areola on left breast so I got freaked out about IBC I showed my OB and regular Dr who sent me for mammo and US which were clear. The redness is not there now but blue veins are. Cancer?

A month ago I noticed redness that mainly spread all over my areola on left breast so I got freaked out about IBC I showed my OB and regular Dr who sent me for mammo and US which were clear. The redness is not there now but blue veins are. Cancer?

NO: Unless you have a strong family history of breast cancer, routine imaging with digital mammography and ultrasound should suffice. Blue veins are common, especially in full chested women or nursing women; however, may be a normal variant. Get used to breast self- examination and avoid heavy underwires or push-ups. ...Read more