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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Nipple Discharge (Overview)

Nipple discharge is any fluid seeping from one or both nipples on the breasts.


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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. Theodore Davantzis
81 Doctors shared insights

Nipple Discharge (Overview)

Nipple discharge is any fluid seeping from one or both nipples on the breasts.


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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?

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 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

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I have nipple discharge. Whitish?

Galactorrhea: Galactorrhea is the term for secretion of milk from the breasts that is not related to pregnancy or nursing. The leakage is usually from both breasts and from multiple ducts on the nipple (instead of just one duct). If you have not breastfed in over a year, you should see your doctor for an evaluation, including labwork. ...Read more

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Is male nipple discharge possible?

Is male nipple discharge possible?

Yes: It is very rare. But if present it definitely needs to be check by an expert in breast care to rule out an undrlying malignancy. ...Read more

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Why do I have white nipple discharge?

Why do I have white nipple discharge?

Possibly normal: The breast/nipple can have discharge/drainage of many different colors. White discharge is likely a benign discharge, but see your doctor to have it checked out. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have nipple discharge?

Get it checked.: Reasons for nipple discharge can include stimulation of the breast, pregnancy, medications, galactorrhea (secretion of milk or similar substance), an abscess or other breast infection, hormonal imbalances (like hypothyroidism), fibrocystic breasts (breasts are very fibrous), blocked mammary duct, breast cancer and intraductal papilloma (non cancerous mass), use of marijuana, anise and fennel. ...Read more

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Can a bug bite cause nipple discharge?

Can a bug bite cause nipple discharge?

Nipple discharge: Should not. 2 different things. If you have nipple discharge, is it both breasts? Color? How do you see it? ...Read more

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What about nipple discharge is it serious?

What about nipple discharge is it serious?

Nipple discharge: Bilateral nipple discharge-while breastfeeding- is quite normal, obviously. Any other discharge that is different-needs to be seen and diagnosed by a physician knowlegeable in breast diseases. Five-nine% of discharges are cancerous while that is quite small, early diagnosis of cancer can be life-saving. A physician isn't able to "look" at a discharge or secretion and see that it is benign. Biopsy. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have nipple discharge?

Med eval: Is recommended even though there are a number of benign causes. ...Read more

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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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What is the cause of a sticky nipple discharge?

Not sure: Reasons for nipple discharge can include stimulation of the breast, pregnancy, medications, galactorrhea (secretion of milk or similar substance), an abscess or other breast infection, hormonal imbalances (like hypothyroidism), fibrocystic breasts (breasts are very fibrous), blocked mammary duct, breast cancer and intraductal papilloma (non cancerous mass), use of marijuana, anise and fennel. ...Read more

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I have brownish nipple discharge (and I'm a guy)?

Please: See a doctor in person, even if it seems awkward, do it. This is likely nothing to worry about, but nipple discharge in men is unusual enough it out to be checked. Although it's rare men also get breast cancer, so please get it examined. ...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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When to be concerned about brown nipple discharge?

When to be concerned about brown nipple discharge?

Get examined: Brown discharge is usually associated with bloody discharge which can represent a papilloma. Papillomas can be benign or contain abnormal cells. It is best to follow up with a breast specialist. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you have male nipple discharge?

Male galactorrhea: May be the sign of a pituitary tumor. Or, chronic stimulation, or infection. Check in with your doctor to see if there is gynecomastia and what if anything to do next. ...Read more

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I need your expertise, is brown nipple discharge bad?

Probably not: Most nipple discharge is not from cancer. You should see a physician for an exam and, relatively simple testing. Brown discharge my be 'altered' blood, which is blood that has been in the duct for a while and changes to this rust/brown color. Again, need to have evaluated. ...Read more

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My girlfriend likes to taste her nipple discharge in bed?

My girlfriend likes to taste her nipple discharge in bed?

Breast discharge: See your physician unless it is known to be breast milk. ...Read more

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Is it normal for women to have nipple discharge sometimes?

Is it normal for women to have nipple discharge sometimes?

Yes: Nipple discharge is normal for many women. It can be clear, yellow, milky or green. These are all normal and related to non cancerous changes in the breast.
A red (blood) or brown discharge requires evaluation by a doctor and possibly a biopsy. ...Read more

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What can cause nipple discharge after intense stimulation?

Stimulation: Nipple discharge is common and usually not related to cancer, unless it is bloody. The stimulation alone will cause discharge. As long as it is clear, white, milky, yellow or green there is not anything to worry about. If it becomes brown or red/bloody, then see your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Nipple discharge?

What is the definition or description of: Nipple discharge?

Nipple discharge: Nipple discharge is any fluid seeping from one or both nipples on the breasts. ...Read more

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Is nipple discharge normal if it only happens every so often?

Get it checked.: Reasons for nipple discharge can include stimulation of the breast, pregnancy, medications, galactorrhea (secretion of milk or similar substance), an abscess or other breast infection, hormonal imbalances (like hypothyroidism), fibrocystic breasts (breasts are very fibrous), blocked mammary duct, breast cancer and intraductal papilloma (non cancerous mass), use of marijuana, anise and fennel. ...Read more

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