One of the most frequent topics we get questions about at HealthCentral is breast itching. This is not surprising because it is a common problem and because few things are more annoying than an itch that doesn't go away.
Itching can be one of the symptoms for some conditions that definitely need a doctor's attention.
An itchy nipple especially when accompanied by a scaly rash may be Paget's Disease of the breast .
When itching is accompanied by pain, swelling, redness, and skin dimpling that looks like the skin of an orange, it may be an early symptom of inflammatory breast cancer (IBC).
Both Paget's and IBC are rare, so that itchy breast rash is more likely to be a fungal infection, heat rash, or an allergic reaction. Encased in bras, breasts are vulnerable to skin problems, especially in the summer heat.
Allover body itching can be a symptom of other underlying health problems, so you'll want to ...
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Generic Name: PROGESTIN/ESTROGEN CONTRACEPTIVE - ORAL Pronounced: (proe-JES-tin/ES-troe-jen) Ortho Tri-Cyclen (28) Oral Precautions
See also Warning section.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or
pharmacist if you are allergic to any estrogens (e.g., ethinyl estradiol,
mestranol) or any progestins (e.g., norethindrone, desogestrel); or if you have
any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can
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This medication should not be used if you have certain
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history of stroke or other blood clots (e.g., in the legs,
severe high blood pressure
abnormal breast exam
cancer (especially endometrial or breast cancer)
diabetes that has caused kidney/eye/nerve/blood vessel
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