Areola

What is Areola?

Usually the term areola is used for the central pigmented area of the breast containing the nipple. But it can be used to describe every circular area with a different colour all over the body.

Questions and answers on "Areola"

HI,
I have noticed over the last couple of months that a section of my areola on my left breast has completely disappeared..
What could this be?

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Can be hormonal or tumor

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

i can understand your concerns.

Any changes in areola or skin of breat should be taken seriously.

Do you feel a lump in your breast ?

Sometimes the reason can be hormonal and somtimes its an underlying tumor.

can you upload a picture so...

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I had a hetroscopic surgery on December 23rd and a D&C to remove polyps. today my nipples are real tender not the areola just the nipples. what could be causing this? Is this normal? I am no longer bleeding and only mild cramps every now and then

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Hello, I would be happy to help...

Detailed Answer:
You had a "hysteroscopic" surgery to remove uterine polyps. This has no effect on your hormones or your cycle. The tenderness of the nipple / areola is likely co-incidental to the surgery. This should be addressed as a separate...

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hi i feel like a thick line protruding on the edges of my left areola and there are like pebbles on it and hurts when i press it. I checked it again this morning the color is like a vein (green). What is that?

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
As discussed in details below.

Detailed Answer:
Hi.
Thanks for your query.
To recapitulate: Female/38 - thick line protruding on the edge of left areola - there are like pebbles on it - tender - recheck this morning - color is like vein (green) - wants to what it is...
My thought on...

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Hi.. i am currently breastfeeding and its been 17 days.. is there any permanent relief for sore and cracked nipple?

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Precautions advised

Detailed Answer:
Hello Mam, thanks for trusting HealthcareMagic
I understand your problem as it is very common to have sore breasts in first few days
Take care that baby sucks on full mound of areola and not just the nipple area.
For cracked nipples you can apply...

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Yes, I like both answers, thank you very much. the 1st, ? with the endovenous laser therapy , I will be seeing that client on Monday, and I am sure she will be excited with this info., and with the 2nd ? I saw her yesterday and I shared with her what you said and she said ok and then she shared with me that she notice that something was not right with her left breast, that there is 2 spots right at the areola, next to the nipple was 2 elevated Brown substance, now i know i told you she had putty put inside her tissue space to build up where she had the 2 lumpectomy's, but what could that be ?

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Possibly relate to putty -complications?Need MRI

Detailed Answer:
Hi Mam.

I understand your concern.

The 2 spots at the areola could be related possibly to the complication of putty .

The spots can be either a necrotic tissue or unresolved small haematoma.

An MRI scan of the...

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I had sex on April 11th dont I have to wait 21 days till I can do any testing blood or urine also right now my breast the areola is spreading out alot getting darker and bigger isnt this a symptom of pregnancy what else makes my areola spread if its not pregnancy

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Urine test will confirm pregnancy.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for trusting us with your health concern.
The spreading and darkening of areola can be due to hormonal changes related to pregnancy. Taking birth control pills or regular sexual activity can also cause such a change....

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my areola shrinks and expands with minutes..im scared even the colour of the areola keeps changing from light brown to dark brown and vice versa..what could be the reason?

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
It could be normal

Detailed Answer:
Hi
GREETINGS
When you are aroused it can shrink and tubercle like projections may be seen.At times it can happen in cold weather too . accordingly the color may also change.If it is returning to normal color it is ok.
Unless there is pain or any...

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Recently developed a very small red spot on my left breast beside the nipple on the areola. At first it was just red, sore, and a little bit shiny, I went to my obgyn who said he thought it was yeast and prescribed Nystatin (sp?) cream for me. I used the cream and although the small spot healed in its original place, it ended up spreading to different areas of my areola. Now the skin almost looks like a burn. It is very flaky and peeling, but there is no pain (just a little sensitivity) no build up, or discharge. Since this was just the one nipple, my obgyn referred me to my dermagtologist for a punch biospy to rule out Paget's disease of the breast. I've read that scientists believe paget cells may come to the surface through milk ducts. I have been breastfeeding for 5 months. Still waiting for the results of my biopsy but i'm wondering how likely the chances are that this is Pagets, and if not, what else could it possibly be?

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Less likely to be Paget's

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Welcome to HCM and thanks for your query.
I understand your concern.
Page's disease usually starts at the nipple and spreads to the areola. In your case it didn't start at the nipple and I am optimistic that the biopsy will exclude...

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I have a what looks like a pimple on my breast near my nipple. It is not raised. Should I be concerned?

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
PLease don't worry.It's a normal anatomy.

Detailed Answer:
Hi Maryellenwalter,
Thank you for the query under Health care magic platform.
* The Pimple like thing near your breast ( actually at the border of dark/ pinkish circle around your nipple Or Areola)) is mostly a normal...

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having various weird symptoms past 2-3 weeks. started with constipation, fullness and some pain in pelvic area to the right. now seeing fading of nipple/areola color.

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Laxatives and/or enema to start with.

Detailed Answer:
Hi.
Thanks for your query.
Read the history carefully and understood your concerns.
The symptoms of constipation, fullness and pelvic pain may not be related to the change in nipple/areola color. Not seen or heard of such a...

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Recent questions on  Areola

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i am a 20 yr old female and i have noticed My areola has a light patch on the top of it. like the same color of my skin i have also had random bouts of nausea lately what could be causing this? i took preg test yesterday and was negative but it might have been too soon to test

doctor1 MD

Hello to all the doctors that read my enquiry. I am a 25 year old black female. I have a patch under my right nipple on my aereola. This patch came about maybe 6 months ago. It did not get bigger, just irritated, itchy, and inflamed. It has now started oozing and bleeding. Ive notice skin is left on my bra at the end of the day. The nipple is NOT being affected however when the patch gets inflamed it pushes the nipple above it. The surrounding breast area also itches. The nipple does not discharge, just the patchy area. I havent tried any creams except eucurin and aveeno. Im trying pure salt and water. I just want to know what this is. Picture is uploaded.

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i got into an accident and it shifted my areola to the left of my breast and my nipped also got shifted to the left side of my areola so my areola is not placed in the middle of my breast and my nipple is not in the middle of my areola.... can i do a surgery to moved both nipple and areola to their proper spot?aman

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Hi I m a teenage girl, sexually active, never had a child. And lately my nipple was peeling, like dry skin was coming off, and there were little bumps on my areola, now it s turned into a burning sensation on my nipple with any kind of material touching it. I ve looked this up and seen its a nursing problem and a bunch of problems with babies, but since I ve never had one and am not pregnant now I don t know what d it be. Help me?

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Can you get a zit in your nipple? Because I did!!! I didn't know you could get one there. It was the size of a marble and when I squeezed it tons of puss came out.. But it was my nipple!!!!!!!!!

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I have had this mole on my areola for about a year or so. Does it look cancerous? Is it normal to get moles here? The photo may be hard to tell, but it's very small and it does not have irregular borders, but it's very dark. It hasn't changed any...

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My new born baby is 8 days old and her mother did not got milk for first 5 days and after that she is getting small amounts only till then baby is on glucose water as per child doctor suggestion. We have stopped glucose from 2 days. Now the baby...

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