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What does tenderness and redness around the nipples suggest?

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Posted on Wed, 13 May 2015
Question: I have sudden onset of tenderness & redness around the nipple of one breast
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Answered by Dr. Urszula Stanko (33 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
You should have a clinical breast examination.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

Welcome to Healthcare Magic.

Your symptoms may indicate breast infection which can cause pain, redness, tenderness and swelling. You can take acetaminophen or ibuprofen and antibiotic which should be prescribed by your doctor.

Also nipple tenderness may be the sign of the breast cancer. You may notice unexplained asymmetry and swelling of the breast. Skin of the breast, areola or nipple may become red or swollen.

Please note that these symptoms are not only due to cancer but it is important to check your breasts. I suggest you to visit your doctor so that he or she will examine your breasts. Also you should make a mammography to find the reason of your symptoms.

Hope I have answered your question. If you have any further questions I will be happy to help.
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Dr. Urszula Stanko

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What does tenderness and redness around the nipples suggest?

Brief Answer: You should have a clinical breast examination. Detailed Answer: Hello, Welcome to Healthcare Magic. Your symptoms may indicate breast infection which can cause pain, redness, tenderness and swelling. You can take acetaminophen or ibuprofen and antibiotic which should be prescribed by your doctor. Also nipple tenderness may be the sign of the breast cancer. You may notice unexplained asymmetry and swelling of the breast. Skin of the breast, areola or nipple may become red or swollen. Please note that these symptoms are not only due to cancer but it is important to check your breasts. I suggest you to visit your doctor so that he or she will examine your breasts. Also you should make a mammography to find the reason of your symptoms. Hope I have answered your question. If you have any further questions I will be happy to help.