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Dark brown patches around both areolas - looks like a stain, is a bit dry, is itchy sometimes. Its grown slightly over past two nights. What's up?

Dark brown patches around both areolas - looks like a stain, is a bit dry, is itchy sometimes. Its grown slightly over past two nights. What's up?

For your eyes only: Yep! That is a James Bond movie reference, that answers your question. My eyesight through this computer screen will not allow me to see London, England and your breast problem to identify the cause. Please go see a MD there who can very well see what the problem is. ...Read more

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My left areola has a lot of Mont glands, actually has a big ring of tiny ones together. That area sometimes looks dry, does not itch or anything else.

My left areola has a lot of Mont glands, actually has a big ring of tiny ones together. That area sometimes looks dry, does not itch or anything else.

Breast anatomy: Did you have a question? It sounds like you are describing a pretty normal breast exam. If you are concerned something is not normal you should schedule a physical exam. ...Read more

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How to get rid of dry flaky itchy patches on my areola?

How to get rid of dry flaky itchy patches on my areola?

Several...: See the fabric/ detergent might be irritating. Use a good quality body lotion twice a day and, loose garment whenever possible. ...Read more

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My areolas have been super itchy. It's been off and on for 4 or 5 months now, and its just so itchy. I apply lotion everyday so it can't be dry skin..

Dermatitis: This sounds ilke probable dermatitis, which is inflammation of the lower parts of the skin. It is a form of eczema, which requires regular moisturization, and prescription creams sometimes as well. However, there are more serious conditions that can occur on the areola, so I would have it further evaluated. ...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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Dry skin (1.5cm diam) appeared at the top of my areola following getting implants via armpit. & now has increased my areola size- what's happening?

Dry skin (1.5cm diam) appeared at the top of my areola following getting implants via armpit. & now has increased my areola size- what's happening?

May be due 2 stretch: Enlarged areolar are very common following breast augmentation via any approach particularly with larger implants. The same is true for dry skin but I would discuss with your surgeon to make sure this is not due to some other cause. In the meantime use a non-medicated moisturizer. ...Read more

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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.

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.

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. ...Read more

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During the winter, a small part of areola dried and got flaky. That wound has not healed since two months. There is no pain and lump in either breast?

During the winter, a small part of areola dried and got flaky. That wound has not healed since two months. There is no pain and lump in either breast?

Need Biopsy: Any time a sore or skin leision lasts more than a couple of weeks, esp on your breast, it should be evaluated and most likely you should have a biopsy. Many causes of this some serious some not so much, I'm worried about Paget's disease ...Read more

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What can I do for dry scaly rash on areola and nipple?

What can I do for dry scaly rash on areola and nipple?

Eczema: It may be eczema, try topical vaseline 2-3 times a day, if it does not resolve, show it to your doctor, to make sure it is nothing else. ...Read more

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What can cause dry flaky nipple and areola, slightly itches at times. Only on right breast area. Been going on for about 4 months.

What can cause dry flaky nipple and areola, slightly itches at times. Only on right breast area. Been going on for about 4 months.

Have it looked at: There are many skin conditions that can effect the nipple, however this needs to be evaluated further by a doctor, gynecologist or dermatologist. There are rare inflammatory conditions and inflammatory breast cancers that can present like this. Have it evaluated further. ...Read more

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14yo/f.Nipples itch. Scratching made them scaley & chapped leaking yellow clear liquid from areola. On & off dry but scratch again and never heal. Cause?

14yo/f.Nipples itch. Scratching made them scaley & chapped leaking yellow clear liquid from areola. On & off dry but scratch again and never heal. Cause?

Infection: Your initial problem may have been dry or irritated skin but because you skin's barrier was broken down you likely have a skin infection. You can try some topical otc antibiotic ointment. If not improving in 2-3 days would call for appointment with your dr. ...Read more

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Dry itchy skin on nipple/areola that flakes and peels off. Otherwise looks healthy, no rash. Went away with lotion and Vit E then came back. Worried.

Dry itchy skin on nipple/areola that flakes and peels off. Otherwise looks healthy, no rash. Went away with lotion and Vit E then came back. Worried.

Dry skin: Hi, I don't think this is anything to worry about but an evaluation by ur family doctor won't hurt either, please see ur doctor to put ur mind at ease. Good luck. ...Read more

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30 weeks pregnant my nipples and areola area or skin is very dry and rough what should I do can I use olive or coconut oil for massage or something el?

30 weeks pregnant my nipples and areola area or skin is very dry and rough what should I do can I use olive or coconut oil for massage or something el?

YES, or Lansinoh ;: Both olive ; coconut oil are safe to use for massage ; will probably help. Calendula cream is also an excellent choice, as is lansinoh- see https://www. Lansinoh. Com/products/hpa-lanolin
i also advise you take a purified fish oil rich in dha, which often helps dry skin and is very important for development of your baby's eyes and nervous system. ...Read more

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30 weeks pregnant my nipples & areola are widen & area is dry n very rough can use some oil for massage or petroleum jelly to get rid of dryness please hel?

30 weeks pregnant my nipples & areola are widen & area is dry n very rough can use some oil for massage or petroleum jelly to get rid of dryness please hel?

YES, or Lansinoh ;am: Both olive ; coconut oil are safe to use for massage ; will probably help. Calendula cream is also an excellent choice, as is lansinoh- see https://www. Lansinoh. Com/products/hpa-lanolin
i also advise you take a purified fish oil rich in dha, which often helps dry skin and is very important for development of your baby's eyes and nervous system. ...Read more

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I'm a 22 years old girl with a flaky left areola. Could it be Paget's disease of the breast or cancer? My doctor gave me dry skin med but doesn't work.

I'm a 22 years old girl with a flaky left areola. Could it be Paget's disease of the breast or cancer? My doctor gave me dry skin med but doesn't work.

Not in your age: It is rare in your age if no improvement get a second opinion crust or drainage or reaction to the nipple are a signs of Paget disease ...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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I have one patch of itch dry skin on my right areola only I'm not pregnant or breast feeding moisturizer not helping.

I have one patch of itch dry skin on my right areola only I'm not pregnant or breast feeding moisturizer not helping.

Tinea: Could be tinea corporis i.e. fungal, and require anti-fungal cream, or it could be contact dermatitis and require topical steroids; also need to consider infections. Check with your doctor. ...Read more