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All of us, at one time or another, have had nipple issues. Perhaps it’s discharge, with clear, milky, dark, or even bloody fluid leaking (or being squeezed) out. Often it’s pain—anything from slight sensitivity to a burning soreness. And sometimes it’s a rash, what looks like an infection, or even an inversion, when your nipple decides to retreat into your breast. What’s up with all of this? And when should you call the doctor?
Nipple discharge: This is seldom a sign of breast cancer, but can signal some other underlying problem (a hormonal imbalance, an infection) that should be checked by a doctor. For more information, read our post on nipple discharge.
Sore nipples: When both nipples are sore, it’s almost certainly nothing to do with breast cancer. In fact, any time you’re experiencing an issue with both of your breasts at once—pain, soreness, lumps—it would be very unusual for breast cancer to be the cause. Breast cance...
Definition A canker sore is a painful, open sore in the mouth. Canker sores are white or yellow and surrounded by a bright red area. They are not cancerous. A canker sore is not the same as a fever blister (cold sore). Alternative Names Aphthous ulcer; Ulcer - aphthous Causes, incidence, and risk factors Canker sores are a common form of mouth ulcer . They may occur with viral infections. In some cases, the cause cannot be determined. Canker sores may also be linked to problems with the body's immune (defense) system. The sores may occur after a mouth injury due to dental work, aggressive tooth cleaning, or biting the tongue or cheek. Canker sores can also be triggered by: Emotional stress Lack of certain vitamins and minerals in the diet (especially iron, folic acid , or vitamin B-12 ) Menstrual periods Hormonal changes Food allergies Anyone can develop a canker sore. Women are more likely to get them than men. Canker sores may run in families.
Definition A male genital sore is any sore or lesion that appears on the penis, scrotum, or male urethra. Alternative Names Sores - male genitals; Ulcers - male genitals Considerations Symptoms may include itching , painful urination , drainage from the penis, or pain at the site of the sore. There may be one or many sores. They may also be found elsewhere on the body (such as the mouth and throat). Common Causes Sores or lesions on the male genitalia have many causes. Often, the lesions of most concern are those seen with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). For example, genital herpes simplex , syphilis , chancroid , granuloma inguinale , and lymphogranuloma venereum are all associated with ulcers on the genitals. Other lesions in this area may be caused by venereal warts , molluscum contagiosum , allergic reactions, Behcet's disease, and non-sexually transmitted diseases.
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