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My areolas are swollen, flaky and moist. My bra keep getting wet and sticking to my bra. I am not breastfeeding. How can treat over the counter?

My areolas are swollen, flaky and moist. My bra keep getting wet and sticking to my bra. I am not breastfeeding. How can treat over the counter?

See a doctor: You can apply hydrocortisone cream from over the counter, it will dry it up
but nipple drainage is not something that you should ignored, and take lightly.
you should see a doctor even if if does get better.
thank you. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Berry
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more


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Normal for areola to change over time when I'm breastfeeding! I've been nursing for 3 months and the circumstance is odd shaped now! Concern?

No worries: If you are not experiencing new pain, deformity, inflammation or bleeding, then you are unlikely to have a health-threatening condition. See your clinician if it doesn't get better, though, or if you have further concerns. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Breastfeeding twins 15 months, small graze 1 week ago on areola Now small patch on areola like shrivelled skin?

Breastfeeding twins 15 months, small graze 1 week ago on areola Now small patch on areola like shrivelled skin?

Irritation: You probably have small cut on your Breast and needs some some lanolin lotion to help with the healing process. ...Read more

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My areola right by my nipples is inflamed and has clear discharge it started out almost like a dry flakey and now it's like this. I was breastfeeding.

My areola right by my nipples is inflamed and has clear discharge it started out almost like a dry flakey and now it's like this. I was breastfeeding.

Nipple/areola rash: Nipples can get dry and irritated easily, especially in winter. This is particularly true when a woman is breastfeeding because saliva and stretching irritate the delicate nipple and areola skin further. If switching to a non-soap cleansing bar and moisturizing with petrolatum doesn't help, please see your dermatologist. There are other nipple/areola conditions that need to be ruled out. ...Read more

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I have a try patch on my areola, left breast. And I don't know if it's because of breastfeeding or what. I was curious on what it is?

I have a try patch on my areola, left breast. And I don't know if it's because of breastfeeding or what. I was curious on what it is?

Poss contact derm: If you are breast feeding, moisture from occasional leakage or contact with baby's skin or clothing could be causing some irritation or contact allergic reaction. Start with an unscented skin lotion or ointment like Vaseline. If it doesn't clear up or gets worse, I recommend having your doctor evaluate. ...Read more

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How will an areola reduction affect my ability to breast feed? Will an areola reduction surgery affect my ability to breast feed if I decide to have children? .

How will an areola reduction affect my ability to breast feed? Will an areola reduction surgery affect my ability to breast feed if I decide to have children? .

Possibly.: Depending on exactly what type of procedure is performed (best discussed with your plastic surgeon), some patients are not able to breast-feed after any type of breast surgery that involves incisions around the areola. Again, best to check with your plastic surgeon for more specific advice/predictions. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is it still possible to breast feed your child when you have psoriasis on your areola and nipple?

Is it still possible to breast feed your child when you have psoriasis on your areola and nipple?

Shield it: If the nipple/areola/skin condition causes discomfort while breast feeding, employ a breast shield. ...Read more

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Very small, round lump under areola while breastfeeding. Nipple quite sore, and occasional deep, aching feeling.

Mastitis: Sounds like it could be mastitis (infection of a milk gland). Contact your doctor to help with possibly antibiotics. Also use warm compresses and showers. Let ome o the milk run out. ...Read more

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What to do about a hard mask behind areola warm to touch very sore woke up this way not breastfeeding not pregnant?

Could be an abcess: It is difficult to say for sure without actually seeing it however, you could have a pus pocket (abcess) under the aereola. Normally these are simple to drain at a medical facility however around the nipple you have the pipework that develops and pumps milk so its not always as straightfoward in this locations. Use a warm compress and it may open up and drain. Seek medical att to eval and drain. ...Read more

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I am breastfeeding for 3mos now and my left breast particularly the areola- is peeling and somewhat itchy. What could it be?

I am breastfeeding for 3mos now and my left breast particularly the areola- is peeling and somewhat itchy. What could it be?

Cracked nipple: Your nipple is probably irritated from Breast feeding. Youight want to apply a lotion, called lanolin lotion to help preventing cycling and bleeding from the nipple ...Read more

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I am 7 weeks post partum & fully breastfeeding, I noticed white pimple like bumps on my areola close to my nipple but not on the nipple. What is this?

I am 7 weeks post partum & fully breastfeeding, I noticed white pimple like bumps on my areola close to my nipple but not on the nipple. What is this?

Get it checked out: See your physician for an exam and find out whether you have a plugged duct, milk blister or an abscess along with a case of mastitis. All three can give a pimple-like appearance. ...Read more

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I have an enlarged montgomery gland on one breast near the outer edge of the areola. There is no infection, no discharge, pregnancy or breastfeeding?

I have an enlarged montgomery gland on one breast near the outer edge of the areola. There is no infection, no discharge, pregnancy or breastfeeding?

No Prob: This is a variation of normal. Montgomery glands are as simple as sebaceous cysts. Nothing needs to be done. Observe for now. Watch for redness, heat, pain, swelling, or drainage. ...Read more

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Sore, sensitive montgomery glands on areola on right breast. Not breastfeeding or pregnant. I sleep on that side. No sharp pain. Cancer?

Sore, sensitive montgomery glands on areola on right breast. Not breastfeeding or pregnant. I sleep on that side. No sharp pain. Cancer?

? Fibrocystic Breast: Could be fibrocystic breast disease. This is a reason for tenderness. Can be treated with tighter, more supportive bra (sports), ibuprofen, etc. Fibrocystic issues can be related to your time in your cycle. Does the pain come and go 'monthly' like your cycle does? ...Read more

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My areolas are itchy, dry and sticky with a little discharge of something, im 18 and not pregnant or breastfeeding.?

My areolas are itchy, dry and sticky with a little discharge of something, im 18 and not pregnant or breastfeeding.?

Need check up: With a discharge, when your not pregnant or breastfeeding needs to be examined clinically and assessed with possible testing too. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have 4 week old baby and am breastfeeding. Have noticed brown/blackish spots like freckles or moles on my areoles. What could these be?

I have 4 week old baby and am breastfeeding. Have noticed brown/blackish spots like freckles or moles on my areoles. What could these be?

Likely normal: Firstly, congratualtions on the birth of your child!
it is likely that those spots are due to hormonal changes in your body affecting the pigment making cells in your skin.
However, I would show them to your gyn just to be sure. One would really need to see what it looks like in order to properly explain what exactly those spots are. ...Read more

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24yrs old, lost roughly 20lbs, right breast very wrinkly, has bumps on areola/whitish bumps on nipple. Left breast slightly wrinkled, nipple inverted.

Is the nipple: Inversion new? If yes - would have this medically checked. The bumps on nipple and areola are likely to be Montgomery Glands. ...Read more

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I am breast feeding-mostly pumping, and I have an inflamed/painful gland on my areola. What is the best treatment for this?!

I am breast feeding-mostly pumping, and I have an inflamed/painful gland on my areola. What is the best treatment for this?!

Painful breasts: Painful swelling during breast feeding often improves with frequent warm compresses and continued nursing or pumping. Painful lumps associated with redness and/or fever warrant evaluation by an obstetrician or primary care practitioner. Best wishes ...Read more

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On bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) and diflucan. Healing stagnated at flaky red areolas. When I breastfeed it starts dripping clear yellowish fluid. Is it pus? What now?

Not pus-: Sounds like serous fluid that is being produced by the irritated skin cells. It's much like the fluid that is produced when you burn your skin and get a fluid filled blister. You are on treatment for both a possible bacterial infection and yeast infection. Air out nipples when possible, avoid use of nursing pads which may trap moisture. Can continue breast feeding. Try lanolin on areolas as well. ...Read more

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I have one patch of itch dry skin on my right areola only I'm not pregnant or breast feeding moisturizer not helping.

I have one patch of itch dry skin on my right areola only I'm not pregnant or breast feeding moisturizer not helping.

Tinea: Could be tinea corporis i.e. fungal, and require anti-fungal cream, or it could be contact dermatitis and require topical steroids; also need to consider infections. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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I finished my period a week ago and now have sore nipples and tiny spots on the areola. They feel and look as though I am breast feeding?

Hormonal effects: If your period ended "one week ago" and your period is 5-7 days, you may be having a "double ovulation" which produces twice as much estrogen and progesterone, and the levels can mimic early pregnancy. These levels of hormone can have a temporary effect on your areolae, making them tender and slightly swollen. This is not abnormal, but if your next period is "late", get a serum pregnancy test. ...Read more

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Why would a non-breast feeding never-pregnant woman develop dermatitis only on areolas (itchy, then yellow crust forms from scratching)?

Well...: There is a variety of skin disorders that only affect the areolas... please see a dermatologist. It is not an emergency. It is best if the dermatologists is able to see the skin without you having used any treatment.
Good wishes ...Read more

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Seen white spot on aerola right breast.4th month of pregnancy is going on. I am worried abt this spot. No pain no breast feeding. Just spot. Is it safe?

Seen white spot on aerola right breast.4th month of pregnancy is going on. I am worried abt this spot. No pain no breast feeding. Just spot. Is it safe?

Poss vitiligo: In vitiligo, thre is a loss of the the melanocytes, or pigment cells in the skin, and skin does not appear red or scaly. Vitiligo is an autoimmune disorder and is influenced by the hormonal changes of pregnancy. It is thought that about 0.1-8 % of the population have vitiligo. This should not have any affect on your developing fetus, but discuss with OB at reg visit. See:https://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/22126869 ...Read more

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Hi doc, I breastfeed my 22 mos. Old baby and I noticed a circular and redness between my nipple and aerola, its a ringworm actually n I treat it with salicylic acid but I didn't breastfeed my child on the treated one actually they have on the both breast

Hi doc, I breastfeed my 22 mos. Old baby and I noticed a circular and redness between my nipple and aerola, its a ringworm actually n I treat it with salicylic acid but I didn't breastfeed my child on the treated one actually they have on the both breast

Check with your OB: I would let your OB make the call as to what he/she would like to see you treat with since any medication to treat fungal infections will be excreted in breast-milk and this could be rough on the infant's liver if ingested. Topical treatment probably the best but even then, some absorption of medication will occur. ...Read more

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Can I use icy hot while breastfeeding?

Can I use icy hot while breastfeeding?

Absolutely: No significant absorption into the system of any of the active ingredients, so feel totally safe using this otc product during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Can I take flygyl during breastfeeding?

Yes: This medication has been well studied in lactation and there are no specific concerns about its use. ...Read more

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Can I eat chocolate while breastfeeding?

Can I eat chocolate while breastfeeding?

Yes: You should give it a try. It may cause fussiness and/ or gassiness in your baby but everyone is different. Dark chocolate is healthier than milk chocolate. It's full of antioxidants that help prevent cancer and heart disease. ...Read more

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Did my baby get sick from breastfeeding?

Did my baby get sick from breastfeeding?

No: Infections acquired from breast feeding are uncommon but not impossible. More likely, especially if by illness you mean a "cold" or vomiting or diarrhea illness, the illness was spread to the infant by hands or respiratory secretions during a cough or sneeze. ...Read more

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Is it ok to work out while breastfeeding?

Is it ok to work out while breastfeeding?

Yes: It is not only ok to work out while breastfeeding it is healthy and beneficial to you and baby. The most important thing is to make sure you stay hydrated and drink extra water during your exercise sessions. Timing your exercise to after a feeding or pumping session will make the working out much more comfortable. Also, make sure you have a supportive sports bra. ...Read more

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What can I eat while breastfeeding daily?

What can I eat while breastfeeding daily?

Healthy foods: Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, good sources of protein including dairy and milk if able. Also need complex carbohydrates like grains, rice, etc. Avoid spicy, fatty, fried foods and refined sugar. Drink pleanty of water and fluids. Continue taking your prenatal vitamins daily. ...Read more

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Will my baby bite me while breastfeeding?

Will my baby bite me while breastfeeding?

Yes: He won't bite on purpose but it does happen, especially when teething begins. You can remedy this rather quickly by telling him "no biting" and stopping the feed any time it occurs. ...Read more

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What age should a child stop breastfeeding?

What age should a child stop breastfeeding?

No clear answer: When the mother & child find it mutually agreeable is the time to stop. It doesn't have to be all stop at once, some kids will just nurse once or twice a day. Obviously if mom's milk is gone then it has to stop. Look up some of the reasearch by kathryn dettweler about the "natural age of weaning" read full details on her website but from her research she gets an answer between 2.5 - 7 yrs. ...Read more

Areola (Definition)

The areola is the dark ...Read more