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I woke up one morning with a random darker skin coloured splotch on both of my boobs, my nipples look bruised, and they are soar. What's wrong?

I woke up one morning with a random darker skin coloured splotch on both of my boobs, my nipples look bruised, and they are soar. What's wrong?

Breast symptoms: Assuming no trauma was involved. including intimate relations, it makes sense to have a physician examine your breasts and rule out infection as well as cancer. Please make an appointment to see your PMD as soon as possible, if the symptoms and signs described continue without any aggravating physical trauma. ...Read more

Bruise Or Contusion (Definition)

Bruises, or ecchymoses, are discolorations and tenderness of the skin or mucous membranes due to the leakage of blood from an injured blood vessel into the surrounding tissues. A serious disease called pupura presents as a cluster of small bruises called petachia. Petachia often appears as many tiny red dots clustered together, and could indicate a problem. ...Read more


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The tips of my nipples are bruised. They have not been touched or injured. My breasts feel full and achy. I am post menopausal. What could it be?

The tips of my nipples are bruised. They have not been touched or injured. My breasts feel full and achy. I am post menopausal. What could it be?

Tip of the Nip: There are several reasons ranging from estrogen influence to the breasts, to breast cancer. Have a md check out the bruising and do a complete "digital" exam which might be both manual and mammogram. ...Read more

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My nipples feel bruised. Last month my period was mostly light brown which isn't normal, and i'm not on birth control anymore. What's wrong?

My nipples feel bruised. Last month my period was mostly light brown which isn't normal, and i'm not on birth control anymore. What's wrong?

Pregnancy?: If you are sexually active, these could be symptoms of pregnancy. If you are also having stomach or more specifically pelvic pain then you need to take a pregnancy test and see a doctor right away if it is positive! ...Read more

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What can cause nipples to feel bruised if i'm not getting my period for another two weeks and i've been having sex?

What can cause nipples to feel bruised if i'm not getting my period for another two weeks and i've been having sex?

Are you pregnant?: I am trying to read between the lines, but one has to consider pregnancy. Knowing when your last period was and if it was normal would help a lot. ...Read more

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What do I do for lump in breast & bruised nipple?

What do I do for lump in breast & bruised nipple?

Be seen!!!: If this occurred without trauma you should see a physician for an exam. If you experienced trauma to this area, give it time to heal. If it heals slowly or doesn't heal (lump and bruise do not diminish) go see your doctor. All serious diseases (including cancer) of the breast are best diagnosed and treated early. ...Read more

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My nipples have been feeling bruised for like 3 days and i've been having sex, i'm not on birth control and i get my period in 2 weeks, why?

My nipples have been feeling bruised for like 3 days and i've been having sex, i'm not on birth control and i get my period in 2 weeks, why?

Preggo: The most likely reason is you are pregnant. Go get tested and if not pregnant and unprepared for pregnancy, think about a condom and some birth control. The other reason is that you didn't ovulate this cycle and that will cause similar symptoms. ...Read more

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I hit my chest against a wooden banister. Should I be worried about a small bruise around my nipple?

I hit my chest against a wooden banister. Should I be worried about a small bruise around my nipple?

Bruise: Bruising the breast obviously going to be sore for several days may even be weeks. Nothing need to worry about unless signs of infection shows up. Watch for redness, warmth and increasing tenderness and fever, otherwise icing and non steroidal anti inflammatory like advil or aleve (naproxen) should help. ...Read more

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My left nipple keeps turning purple, like a bruise, but if i get water on it it goes back to normal, what are the reasons for that?!

My left nipple keeps turning purple, like a bruise, but if i get water on it it goes back to normal, what are the reasons for that?!

Not sure: Your symptoms are somewhat odd and nothing "jumps" out that would cause this. Sometimes it is best to see a dr. And get an routine exam, and in your case an exam that would include a comprehensive breast exam. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I press on my chest and it feels bruised without doing anything for that to happen. Feels tender above the nipple..Both sides...Not in center. Er?

I press on my chest and it feels bruised without doing anything for that to happen.  Feels tender above the nipple..Both sides...Not in center. Er?

Costochondritis: Chest wall pain. Pain arises from the cartilage on either side of sternum. Can be caused by a variety of reasons. Generally self limited. Ibuprofen and heat best answer. No need for er. ...Read more

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I had a bruise on the side of my nipple which has now turned into a spot which won't go away and produced pus and I can now see a hole once pus gone?

I had a bruise on the side of my nipple which has now turned into a spot which won't go away and produced pus and I can now see a hole once pus gone?

Skin infections: Pus on the skin is usually the symptom of a skin infection. When red, warm to touch and painful it is called cellulitis. Treatment of this includes oral antibiotics and occassionally drainage. See your doctor, because resistant infections are becoming more common and require special treatment. ...Read more

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Popped a lump on my nipple and,clear liquid came out and it hurts like,a,bruise? What is going on here?

Possible cyst: Hard to tell what a lump on the nipple that drains clear liquid when "popped" is, without seeing it. The fact that they liquid is clear, and not bloody or pussy looking, is reassuring. As with all new lumps, if it persists have your physician look at it ...Read more

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I found a black dot on my boob near my nipple it looks similar to a bruise but has been there for about two weeks. What could it be ?

I found a black dot on my boob near my nipple it looks similar to a bruise but has been there for about two weeks. What could it be ?

It may need an exam: This short of time for something to appear on the skin is usually caused from the outside (trauma, scratched, etc). I would wait another 2 weeks. If there is still no change, then i would have it checked out by a dermatologist. ...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


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Bruising (Definition)

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