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Doctor insights on: What Causes Leaking Breasts

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What are possible causes of a leaking nipple?

What are possible causes of a leaking nipple?

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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What causes sore breasts?

What causes sore breasts?

Sore breasts: Reasons for painful breasts (bilateral) can include: cyclic pain before the period, stress, medication changes. Fluctuating hormone levels & pregnancy. Pain in one breast could be related to a cyst or a fibroadenoma. Breast cancer would not be a frequent reason for breast pain. Exercise with a bra that is lacking in support is also a possible cause. ...Read more

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What causes nipples to discharge or become leaky?

What causes nipples to discharge or become leaky?

Stim or trouble: Regular stimulation can conceivably cause milk production - this could be oral, clothing, or direct. If you are post-partum, just the sound of a crying baby may cause your milk to "let loose." if the discharge is bloody, that can be cancer and must be checked out with mammogram! if the discharge is just yellow/green, then it could just be regular breast cyst/gland production. Worry about pain... ...Read more

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What causes puffy nipples?

Puffy? : I am not sure i understand what is meant by puffy nipples. However, if it occurs cyclicly it could be related to breast enlargement that can occur in relation to your periods. I'm not sure if i actually addressed your question, if not, you can consult with your physician. Take care. ...Read more

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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

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What can cause a peeling, leaking nipple?

What can cause a peeling, leaking nipple?

Many things: Your doctor can help you with this. If you have been lactating due to childbirth it is easy to get irritations, plugs, yeast, and reactions to the pumping machine for the baby bottles. See your doctor for help with your specific issues. ...Read more

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What causes nipple soreness?

What causes nipple soreness?

Many things: Anything from hormones, to irritation to an uncomfortable bra. Any scratches, any redness? ...Read more

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What causes sore nipples besides pregnancy?

What causes sore nipples besides pregnancy?

Sore nipples: Can occur with pms, period and if there is friction of the nipples against clothing. ...Read more

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What could cause colostrum leaking from the breasts after an abortion?

What could cause colostrum leaking from the breasts after an abortion?

Hormone change: Breast secretion after a pregnancy can be related to the hormone changes of the pregnancy and should, therefore , disappear soon after termination. ...Read more

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What causes breast tenderness?

What causes breast tenderness?

Variable: If there are no issues with the breast such as a fibrocystic nodularity, breast tenderness is usually a response to increasing estrogen levels. Women in their forties tend to be relatively Progesterone deficient, leading to imbalance between estrogen & Progesterone especially late in the menstrual cycle. This produces an estrogen dominant effect which may cause breast tenderness. ...Read more

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Sore swollen breasts and erect nipples, what could be the cause?

Pregnancy? hormones?: I would review your medications for possible hormone supplementation as well as make sure you are not pregnant. ...Read more

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What causes inverted nipples?

Multiple causes: Inversion of nipple can happen physiologically. In this situation you should be able to evert it by manipulation. If inversion is more fixed and constant but long atanding, it may be due to previous episodes of infection or mastitis. If it is more recent and progressive there is cause for concern. Since it may be due to an underlying malignancy. So, if you notice a new change in your nipple such as inversion, irritation or discharge you definitely need to have a medical evaluation. ...Read more

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What causes itchy nipples?

What causes itchy nipples?

Dry skin/winter: Itchy nipples is common this time of year. The skin becomes dryer and nipples take the brunt of it. Use a heavy lotion or cream to moisterize. If there is breakage in the skin, then you need to be evaluated for a rare form of breast cancer called paget's disease. A skin biopsy is needed to make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What causes breasts to grow big?

What causes breasts to grow big?

Genetics, medication: Side effects - estrogen containing meds including contraceptive pills , some blood pressure meds like spironolactone, certain tumors that produce estrogen etc. Take care! ...Read more

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What causes darkening of nipples?

Hormone changes: Nipples become darker as we enter puberty, and a woman's nipples will often darken with pregancy. If not in puberty or pregnant and sudden darkening or one nipple looks different from the other, best to have your doctor take a look to check for other problems. ...Read more

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What causes very visible veins on boobs , nipple, shoulders and pelvic belly area ? What could be the causes ? Thanks

What causes very visible veins on boobs , nipple, shoulders and pelvic belly area ? What could be the causes ? Thanks

Normal finding: I am amazed about how often I have women ask me about the veins on their breast. Occasionally they are spider veins but mostly they are blue veins. These are almost always normal findings and normal variations of chest veins. They tend to be more pronounced in fair skinned females and they may be related to hereditary factors or even pregnancies. No treatment is necessary unless for cosmetics. ...Read more

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What are the causes for lumpy breasts?

What are the causes for lumpy breasts?

Tumors, Cysts, etc.: The breast by its very nature is "lumpy-bumpy", often making it difficult to distinguish lumps that count from normal breat tissue. Lumps "that count" (dominant masses) tend to be distinct from normal breast tissue. They may be fluid-filled (cysts) or solid (tumors)--this can be differentiated by ultrasound. Tumors may be benign or malignant--this can be differentiated by biopsy. ...Read more

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What's causes breast tenderness and a clear leakage from the breast?

What's causes breast tenderness and a clear leakage from the breast?

Many things.: Caffeine (e.g. Lots of coffee), cysts in the breasts, normal cycle changes, etc.. Can cause breast tenderness. Most leakage/discharge from the breasts is normal. Bloody or pinkish discharge is not normal and warrants further evaluation. ...Read more

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What causes my breast to become saggy?

What causes my breast to become saggy?

Our planet's gravity: Gravity pulls on breasts and makes them sag. Some people have more of a "connective tissue" framework in their breasts, their skin, etc. (likely familial or genetic). Having had large fatty breasts or milk-engorged breasts can stretch out the connective tissue and leave a weaker framework, leading to sagging once breasts shrink. Exercising to keep pectoralis muscle bulk may help one's appearance. ...Read more