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Q: Itchy left nipple

Hello, I'm 23 years old and about a week ago my left nipple suddenly started itching after I took off my bra one evening (I noticed that this bra also had a seam that went across my nipple). It has been itchy ever since, but only when I touch it or if a loose t-shirt rubs against it, etc. There is no discharge, lumps, or discoloration. It becomes erect when I touch it and looks normal and is not warm to the touch. I do not have a family history of breast cancer to my knowledge, but cancer in general runs in my family. Thoughts?

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
3/30/09 6:28am

Hi - First, cancer running in your family doesn't increase your risk for breast cancer, so don't let than concern you. Sounds like you have some minor irritation on your nipple - maybe even a blocked milk duct. At any rate, keep track of it, and if you notice scaliness or flaking; if it gets red or hot or painful; in other words, if it develops beyond minor itching, AND if it lasts longer than one menstrual cycle, then have it checked out by a doctor, OK? You'd want to figure out what's going on. Good luck - PJH

elaine clemson, Community Member
5/ 4/09 5:04am

itchy left nipple, discomfort under left rib cage, windy feeling and achy feeling down left arm

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By TrebleDiva1986, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/27/10, First Published: 03/29/09