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Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Should I be Concerned About an Itchy Nipple?
One of my nipples has red and raised itchy patch on it. I have tried everything from lotions, to anitbiotic cream, to anti itching cortisone creams. Nothing helps. Should I be concerned?
What you describe could represent any of a number of benign (non-cancerous) skin conditions. Rarely, however, an itchy, scaly nipple can signal a more serious problem, called Paget's disease of the nipple. This is a condition which can mean that there is a breast cancer somewhere in the breast. So although this is not too likely, I would recommend a good exam by a dermatologist or a breast surgeon, as either type of doctor can do a small biopsy of the scaly area if needed. This would determine if you have Paget's. And you should have mammograms, as well.
Paula Silverman, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University