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Post mastitis and huge blisters, how do I heal this patch of dead skin on my nipple? Breastfeeding.

Post mastitis and huge blisters, how do I heal this patch of dead skin on my nipple? Breastfeeding.

Needs evaluation: "blisters" and "dead skin" on a breast after mastitis sounds like a problem. A primary care doctor can evaluate it to see if further treatment is needed, or perhaps the previously inflamed skin is now drying up and will eventually peel away, leaving new skin. The breast can be examined now and then again later, to be sure the breast returns to normal, and there is not another medical problem. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more


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I am a breastfeeding mom I got a rash on my breast around the nipple area. Red flakey/scaley blotches on skin as well as bright pink nipple.

I am a breastfeeding mom I got a rash on my breast around the nipple area. Red flakey/scaley blotches on skin as well as bright pink nipple.

Mastitis evaluation?: probably nipple cellulitis that you can treat with lanolin or vit e cream along with warm soaks and feed as much as possible. Take your temperature and if it is over 100.4 you may need antibiotics for a mastitis ...Read more

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How to get rid of flaky skin on the chest area?

How to get rid of flaky skin on the chest area?

Sounds like dandruff: this is a typical area , also found in eyebrows around nasal alar, and scalp. Try topical hydrocortisone mixed with lamisil (terbinafine) twice a day but if not clear see derm for prescription strength ...Read more

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Breastfeeding and baby and i both have a red, flaky, scaly rash. Baby around mouth-me around mouth, eye, forehead, forearm, and nipple?

Breastfeeding and baby and i both have a red, flaky, scaly rash. Baby around mouth-me around mouth, eye, forehead, forearm, and nipple?

MD visit: The rash may be due to a number of conditions, including infections, contact dermatitis or allergic dermatitis. Since you both have a rash, this raises the possibility of an infection that has been transferred to the baby. If you are applying topical lotions or perfumed products this may lead to a contact dermatitis. Your physician will be able to determine the treatment for the underlying cause. ...Read more

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My nipple piercing is stuck under the skin. How soon after I get surgery for a removal of a nipple piercing can I breastfeed?

My nipple piercing is stuck under the skin. How soon after I get surgery for a removal of a nipple piercing can I breastfeed?

7-10 days: You need to allow the area to heal before you have a mouth of bacteria suckling on the area. You should be healed enough in 1-2 weeks for this to happen. Ask your surgeon specifically for recommendations based on your case and the extent of the surgery you needed. ...Read more

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I am breast feeding 2 wk old little one. And my breast are starting to itch on the under side of my breast. Not the nipple but my skin on my breast.?

I am breast feeding 2 wk old little one. And my breast are starting to itch on the under side of my breast. Not the nipple but my skin on my breast.?

Call your OB: Congratulations on breastfeeding. It is possible that a skin rash, including a yeast infection can develop when a large breast and the chest wall are in contact. Your OB can prescribe an ointment for this skin irritation or infection. Using a medication called Nystatin ointment. ...Read more

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Hi, I am breast feeding and noticing a white patch under the skin near my nipple. Could that be milk stuck under the skin or something else?

Hi, I am breast feeding and noticing a white patch under the skin near my nipple. Could that be milk stuck under the skin or something else?

Thrush: Sounds like it could be a patch of yeast which can give your baby thrush. Be sure to call your doc, also look in the baby's mouth and see if there are white plaques on the mouth. It is very common for mom and baby to pass it back and forth. ...Read more

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If nipples are for breastfeeding a baby, so why do men have them?

If nipples are for breastfeeding a baby, so why do men have them?

It's embryology: All humans start off as essentially female in the womb no matter what your chromosome arrangement is. After several weeks, if you have a Y chromosome, testosterone kicks in and it changes the chemistry in the genitals and the brain. But the nipples are already there...so they stay. ...Read more

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What is the best way to take care of my nipples while breastfeeding?

Lanolin: Exposure to air to "toughen" the sensitive skin and lanolin cream for soothing relief are helpful ideas. ...Read more

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Should I use cream or ointment to soothe my nipples while i’m breastfeeding?

Should I use cream or ointment to soothe my nipples while i’m breastfeeding?

Yes: Try lanolin! it is natural and safe for your breast feeding baby. It works well for healing cracked nipples (and it also works well for sucking blisters on your baby's mouth as well!) some moms also like aquaphor- which is a vasoline like ointment that is safe to use as well. ...Read more

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Can breastfeeding injury permanently scar nipples?

Unlikely...: There's lots of blood flow to nipples, so they should be able to heal. A dermatologist may be able to help prescribe a treatment that will held the traumatized area to recover. ...Read more

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Is having inverted nipples a problem for breastfeeding?

Is having inverted nipples a problem for breastfeeding?

It can be: Inverted nipples can make it difficult for the baby to latch properly. A good lactation consultant cand show you some things that might help. Many moms find the easiest way to get the all important breastmilk to the infant is to pump and then feed from a bottle. ...Read more

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How can I make my inverted nipples work for breastfeeding?

How can I make my inverted nipples work for breastfeeding?

No-surgery v surgery: There are a variety of approaches for treating inverted nipples beginning with a nipple aspirator or nipplette device proceeding to nipple piercing and then to duct preserving techniques and lastly to duct transection. These are listed in increasing order of severity the last procedure most likely to compromise the ability of lactate and nurse. ...Read more

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My nipples hurt and they are hard I'm not breastfeeding or pregnant?

My nipples hurt and they are hard I'm not breastfeeding or pregnant?

Soreness of nipples: how old are you? do your nipples hurt during your menstrual period? are you able to express anything from your nipples? A warm compress or moist tea bags over each nipple for 10 minutes - 3 Times per day should provide some relief. even though you're not pregnant and not breast-feeding, there may be some colostrum produced by your breasts and ducts can get clogged and be painful. ...Read more

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I have inverted nipples and have been breastfeeding for 4 months. Will they evert eventually?

Sometimes: Sometimes inverted nipples will evert with breastfeeding, but sometimes not. If your baby is exclusively breastfeeding and growing well after 4 months, you are doing very well. Sometimes using a breast pump can help. You may also find it useful to consult a lactation consultant in your area. ...Read more

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What to do if I have inverted nipples and have been breastfeeding for 4 months. Will they evert?

What to do if I have inverted nipples and have been breastfeeding for 4 months. Will they evert?

No: They will probably always stay that way - it's just your shape, and completely normal. ...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


Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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Flaky Skin (Definition)

Skin is the outermost tissue covering the body. Flaky skin can break off in thin, ...Read more