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.
Sores or lesions on the female genitalia or in the vagina may have a number of possible causes.
Sores on the female genitals
Genital sores may be painful, itchy, produce a discharge, or cause no symptoms at all.
Because genital lesions or sores can have a negative affect on a person's self-image, many people do not seek proper medical care. All genital sores should be evaluated by a medical professional.
Itching, painful urination, or painful sexual intercourse often occur with genital lesions.
Sores or lesions on the female genitals are often caused by sexually transmitted infections (STIs). STIs that can cause these sores include:
Precancerous changes of the vulva (vulvar dysplasia) may...
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