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Dr. Warren Foster
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Nipple Discharge (Overview)

Nipple discharge is a symptom where the nipples of the breast produce fluids that can range from milky colored to bloody. Expressible nipple discharge means that nipple stimulation produces the fluid, while in spontaneous discharge, there is discharge without stimulation.


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What causes nipple discharge?

What causes nipple discharge?

Various causes: Nipple discharge can be normal for some. In general, white, milky, yellow and green can be normal. Blood or a brownish color can suggest a more serious condition. If this is a new finding, you should contact your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

Dr. Warren Foster
81 doctors shared insights

Nipple Discharge (Overview)

Nipple discharge is a symptom where the nipples of the breast produce fluids that can range from milky colored to bloody. Expressible nipple discharge means that nipple stimulation produces the fluid, while in spontaneous discharge, there is discharge without stimulation.


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What does one pierced nipple discharge mean in a man?

What does one pierced nipple discharge mean in a man?

Possible infection: May be sign of infection. See a doctor for possible cultures and to prescribe an antibiotic after evaluation. ...Read more

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Nipple discharge: clear sometimes whitish help?

Nipple discharge: clear sometimes whitish help?

DischargeORsecretion: Nipple secretion is a normal physiologic process; nipple discharge reflects an underlying cause such as a benign tumor, duct inflammation, or even a cancer. Ns is usually bilateral, from multiple ducts, and only when elicited. Nd is usually from one breast, one duct, spontaneous, and most concerning when clear or bloody. "when in doubt, check it out"--make an appointment to see your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm 17 weeks pregnant had clear water discharge from nipples my doc said its a sign of unhealthy placenta . Plz advise treatment to save my child?

No association: There is no association between nipple discharge and an abnormal placenta that I can think of. My advice is the same as the similar question you asked. Schedule follow up with your Obgyn. Clarify what is meant by an abnormal placenta. Make sure it is explained to you clearly. Also make sure what steps need to be done throughout your pregnancy ...Read more

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Besides cancer, what can a 66yo woman with bloody nipple discharge ,monolateral and spontaneous have? She doesn't take drugs.no familiarity for cancer

Besides cancer, what can a 66yo woman with bloody nipple discharge ,monolateral and spontaneous have? She doesn't take drugs.no familiarity for cancer

Cancer likely: A bloody nipple discharge is very concerning, especially at her age. Polyps in the ducts are possible, but these are likely to be at least premaliglant. When need immediate evaluation. ...Read more

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Can birth control pill cause nipple discharge?

Can birth control pill cause nipple discharge?

Yes: Some women report a white/clear discharge. But if you remain concerned, get checked by your obgyn. Always better safe than sorry. ...Read more

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I was 2 weeks late on my period & i was having pregnancy symptoms but i started having heavy bleeding & im having nipple discharge . what's going on?

I was 2 weeks late on my period & i was having pregnancy symptoms but i started having heavy bleeding & im having nipple discharge . what's going on?

Possible miscarriage: If you had unprotected sex, you could have been pregnant, but you might be miscarrying. If you WERE pregnant, and no longer are, you might need a D&C if you have parts that got stuck. See a doc, they need to do a blood test. If you are not pregnant, whew! recommend always use birth control and or/a condom to not only prevent a baby, but also nasty std's-some are forever! ...Read more

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What are some possible causes of nipple discharge?

Several reasons: Obviously breast feeding but if not postpartum or pregnancy related, this can be normal & result from stimulation of the breast. If milky, prolactin is usually checked to look for levels consistent with prolactinoma. Bloody nipple discharge can be a warning sign for cancer. Purulent discharge can occur with infection. ...Read more

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Discharge (Definition)

Discharge can be a noun or a verb; it has multiple meanings in physics, chemistry, military, and legal usage. The most common medical meaning is a substance that is being excreted. Examples: pus is the discharge from a pimple; a vaginal discharge can mean infection; an ear discharge can mean an infection of the outer ear tract; a nasal discharge ...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