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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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Pain in one nipple. Itchy around it. Ring around the nipple has become lighter than the other. Should I be concerned?

Nipple concern: It should be checked more carefully, women tend to be very observant with breast changes. Have it checked for sure. It all matters if you had mammograms, your family history, do you exercise,! have a new baby or whatever your situation ...Read more

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Aerolas and nipples are lighter. Is it possible that it can be a sign of pregnancy?

Aerolas and nipples are lighter. Is it possible that it can be a sign of pregnancy?

Take the test: If you want to know if you are pregnant, take a test. In today's world you do not need to wonder if you are pregnant or not based on symptoms. Pregnancy tests are available at any pharmacy and in minutes you will have your answer. They can detect a pregnancy 7-10 days after conception. The best time to take one is when you miss your period. ...Read more

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Can you tell me why my breast is becoming lighter at the bottom my nipple is still darker but my breast at the bottom is lighter then it is at the top?

Can you tell me why my breast is becoming lighter at the bottom my nipple is still darker but my breast at the bottom is lighter then it is at the top?

Sunlight?: One's primary care doctor can examine the breasts to see exactly what the patient is describing. That being said, sunlight will darken the top of the breasts, while the lack of direct sunlight will allow the bottoms to lighten up. ...Read more

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My arreolas are dark but my right is dark but now has a lighter skin shade around it closer to the nipple. Whst could it be?

My arreolas are dark but my right is dark but now has a lighter skin shade around it closer to the nipple. Whst could it be?

Hard to say: Hard to evaluate on line. Please see you MD for evaluation. Could just be normal but if continuing to change or grow should be biopsied ...Read more

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I've had gynecomastia for 3 years but I noticed the outside of my nipple getting lighter especially on the bottom. Does this mean it's clearing up?

I've had gynecomastia for 3 years but I noticed the outside of my nipple getting lighter especially on the bottom. Does this mean it's clearing up?

Gynecomastia: Is enlargement of breast tissue. Overlying pigmentation probably has nothing to do with it. Sorry, it probably does not mean it is clearing up. ...Read more

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Period 5 days early a lot lighter than usual only lasted 4 days. A week later I have tingling nipples and also clear watery discharge. Pregnant?

Period 5 days early a lot lighter than usual only lasted 4 days. A week later I have tingling nipples and also clear watery discharge. Pregnant?

Not pregnant: If you had your period - even if it was lighter and a bit briefer - you are not pregnant from the month before. If you had unprotected sex since then, you might be newly pregnant. The bleeding is the disposal of the uterine lining and everything in it - including egg (s). If the egg is fertilized - it implants and the hormonal changes cause the lining to be retained so you miss having a period. ...Read more

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Why are my nipples/areolas darker? I noticed after my period was a week late which never happens to me. It was lighter than normal as well. Pregnancy?

Why are my nipples/areolas darker? I noticed after my period was a week late which never happens to me. It was lighter than normal as well. Pregnancy?

Possibly: You should certainly have a pregnancy test to see if you are. Other signs are that your breasts are larger and slightly tender. You may also feel a little nauseous. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a female to have 5-10 coarse dark hairs around navel/1 or 2 on chin/a couple lighter brown ones on the breasts? (around nipple)

Is it normal for a female to have 5-10 coarse dark hairs around navel/1 or 2 on chin/a couple lighter brown ones on the breasts? (around nipple)

Could be PCOS: Hair growth on your face or stomach in women (hirsutism) is often a sign of polycystic ovarian syndrome (pcos) which affects 8-10%. We diagnose pcos with an ultrasound scan & blood tests, looking for adrenal gland problems or other causes of hirsutism. Pcos may lead to a higher chance of getting diabetes. See a reproductive endocrinologist if hair growth continues or if your periods are irregular. ...Read more

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I have been getting brown discharge instead of period off and on for 2 week and it's getting lighter day by day my nipples are sore wat can it be I have had 6 negative hpt?

I have been getting brown discharge instead of period off and on for 2 week and it's getting lighter day by day my nipples are sore wat can it be I have had 6 negative hpt?

Stop testing: If you have had six negative tests you should stop doing them since clearly you are not pregnant. There are many options to control irregular menstrual bleeding. Schedule a visit with an Obgyn or schedule a Healthtap Prime visit. Birth control would provide excellent menstrual cycle control. ...Read more

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15 days on birth control. Stop. Get period five days early. Lighter then usual. Nipple tenderness. Is this normal?

Normal: This is a pretty typical response to stopping bcp early in the middle of a pack. The hormone withdrawal induces bleeding and the nipple tenderness is usually an estrogen effect from the ovaries once again trying to make estrogen without Progesterone balance. ...Read more

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11months has small oval spot on chest since 7months. Now she has another 1 on thigh which is not white but lighter than skin. Is it temp? Hypomelanosis

11months has small oval spot on chest since 7months. Now she has another 1 on thigh which is not white but lighter than skin. Is it temp? Hypomelanosis

See a dermatologist: Skin marks or hypo pigmentation spots commonly appear after birth for years. Best way to attempt to get a diagnosis is to see a skin doctor. ...Read more

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Had a cough for 1 wk + mucus. It's a lighter yellow now, but the cough is getting stronger and makes me gag and my chest feels tighter. Advise please?

Had a cough for 1 wk + mucus. It's a lighter yellow now, but the cough is getting stronger and makes me gag and my chest feels tighter. Advise please?

Lower respiratory?: Sounds like you got an upper respiratory infection characterized by productive cough. Lighter yellow sputums is a sign that it's improving. Thicker mucus/gag may means you're not drinking enough fluids, which is a key part of getting over this. The deep cough and tight chest is concerning and could mean 'wheezing'. Would c ur gp, may need chest x-ray and further treatment. ...Read more

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Ihave white spots that are lighter then my skin on my neck and chest spreeding fast. Can my pregnacy have anything to do with it?

Ihave white spots that are lighter then my skin on my neck and chest spreeding fast. Can my pregnacy have anything to do with it?

Tinea versicolor: Check this image. If its tinea versicolor its easily treated w/topical or oral meds. As you are pregnant, i'd use a topical selenium sulfide preparation but only if its really bothering you. Its not a big deal to treat it after you are done w/the pregnancy. No big deal. ...Read more

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I have discoloration on my chest, neck, back, and the beginning of my butt crack, how can I make it lighter or make it go away, my doctor said its fungis?

I have discoloration on my chest, neck, back, and the beginning of my butt crack, how can I make it lighter or make it go away, my doctor said its fungis?

Dermatomycosis: If your doctor recognized this as a local superficial skin infection I am sure they also told you what to put on it to help eradicate it. If you prefer to use otc there are numerous agents that your friendly pharmacist will recommend. ...Read more

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How can I darken a region of lighter skin on my chest? I once had tinea versicolor but doctors determined the fungus to be gone. Is tanning ok?

I wouldn't try: This post-inflammatory pigmentation is to be expected. Exposing your skin to ultraviolet will age it faster than it needs to happen, and risks cancer down the road. Messing around with darkeners like permanganate is more likely to leave a mess. In real life, there are no movie-star-perfect bodies, and nobody cares. At your age, like any other, looks are 95% about fitness. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Palpitations are now all over body. Can feel them in stomach, back, throat, lighter on chest though. Throat bit sore, is all of this my reflux?

Palpitations are now all over body. Can feel them in stomach, back, throat, lighter on chest though. Throat bit sore, is all of this my reflux?

Hard to say: Reflux can lead to discomfort, & if you're stressed about it, you may have palpitations. An investigation of palpitations will generally include a 24-hour Holter study to try to "catch" an episode, which is generally easier if the episodes are frequent. It can also be helpful if you count your pulse during the episodes. We approach episodes with a HR of 240 differently from ones with a HR of 120. ...Read more

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Would staying out of the sun make your skin lighter or just prevent it from becoming darker?

Would staying out of the sun make your skin lighter or just prevent it from becoming darker?

Both can happen: People use sunblock moisturizer. Avoiding exposure to the sun will let skin lighten up, but the color won't be lighter than one's natural untanned color. One should take extra vitamin d to make up for not getting vitamin d from the sun. Although having tanned skin from sun exposure is not a medical illness, there are a few uncommon hormonal medical conditions that can cause skin darkening. ...Read more

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Nipples: is it normal if one of the nipples is becoming slowly (through the years) larger or smaller than the other one?

Nipples: is it normal if one of the nipples is becoming slowly (through the years) larger or smaller than the other one?

It is not abnormal: Breast tissue weight can be heavier on one side to cause "stretching of the skin envelope. This would be noticed possibly as sagging of thalthough breast shape size, etc. Are usually symmetrical, at least 10% of women have some assymetry. Many may be a full cup size different. Correction of nipple size or even areola (the flat, colored portion of the nipple complex) size is easily done surgically. ...Read more

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My periods are becoming lighter over time?

My periods are becoming lighter over time?

Congratulations: You're one of the lucky ones. Be it from birth control or because of gradually decreasing ovarian hormone production - it's not harmful and beats all the other posts for heavy, irregular, and painful cycles. I have patients who would envy you. ...Read more

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Is it bad for my periods to get more spread out and lighter after being on a normal cycle? They are becoming more infrequent and shorter. (I'm 16)

Is it bad for my periods to get more spread out and lighter after being on a normal cycle? They are becoming more infrequent and shorter. (I'm 16)

Teenage periods: It is very common for women your age to have very irregular cycles even after being normal for awhile. This has to do with the hormones produced by the brain. We can regulate them with birth control if you desire. ...Read more

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Why do my nipples hurt?

Why do my nipples hurt?

Needcontext: There are a myriad of reasons for any particular, single symptom. We need to know the timing, setting, associated symptoms, etc, before we can even begin to give an educated guess. ...Read more

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Why do men have nipples?

Why do men have nipples?

No particular reason: Men and women are not that different after all, are they? The nipples may be decorative, but also have sensitive nerve endings. ...Read more

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Why do men have nipples?

Why do men have nipples?

Because...: Human babies are mammals, and so babies have nipples. Some grow up to be women with breasts and nipples. Others grow up to be men with nipples (and sometimes a little bit of breast tissue under the nipple). In other words, "that's just the way you're made". It also means men can get breast cancer on rare occasions. ...Read more

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Why do males have nipples?

The Why Questions...: There is often no answer to 'why' things are as they are when it comes to life. The human fetus develops first and always as a female. It is during fetal development that testosterone kicks in and masculinizes male babies. The chest wall will have been developing and then when it masculinizes there is no further real 'breast' growth or potential for female breasts. ...Read more

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What make your nipples hurt?

What make your nipples hurt?

Avoid pinching them: Very often it is self inflicted, if you do not do that, just use heating pads for a week in it did not help see your doctor. ...Read more