• KarenC KarenC
    November 10, 2009
    Red, bumpy rash on left breasts....please help....
    KarenC KarenC
    November 10, 2009

    I am 32. My left breast has always been fibrocystic - it gets lumpier around my peiord, tender, shooting pain - but it comes and goes. But yesterday I discovered an about 3-4 inch rash type redness on my left breast, right under my areola. It is itchy and my left breast is as usual tender and feels lumpy. But it is not swollen, the appearance of my nipple hasn't changed, nothing is oozing out of it - it is just this rash I am worried about. I have been very emotionally stressed lately, I am not sure if that might have anything to do with it. I am really worried this might be more serious. I never had it before. Could it be a side effect of fribrocystic breast? I am really worried now...

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  • Phyllis Johnson
    Health Guide
    November 10, 2009
    Phyllis Johnson
    Health Guide
    November 10, 2009

    Karen, this article on rashes that are common in the breast area may give you some ideas on possible causes of your rash; however, you'll want to check with a doctor if it doesn't get better quickly.

  • PJ Hamel
    Health Guide
    November 10, 2009
    PJ Hamel
    Health Guide
    November 10, 2009

    Hi Karen - This probably has noting to do with your fibrocystic condition. It could be a rash related to something as simple as a new laundry detergent or shower soap - even a new bra. It could be an early sign of inflammatory breast cancer, but that's quite rare - so most likely it's something else. Anyway, keep your eye on it; if it doesn't abate within a week or so (or if it gets worse), then best to see a doctor. Or, if you're terribly stressed, call the doctor for an appointment tomorrow; no sense worrying about this, when action can set your mind at ease. Good luck - PJH

    • KarenC
      November 10, 2009
      KarenC
      November 10, 2009

      But if it is something allergy related, then why just one breast - and the one that has always been the "problem", fibrocystic breast? Wouldnt my whole body show a rash? is it normal for people to have little rashes on their breasts? Why is this coinciding with my sore, tender breast that at this point feel like there is a needle inside it stinging through. I dont have a history of cancer in my family - as a matter of fact no one is my family has ever had cancer. I just dont get it. Had this rash been anywhere else, I wouldnt have worried, but on the breast. 

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    • PJ Hamel
      November 10, 2009
      PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      November 10, 2009

      Obviously you have a lot of concern about this - which is good, as we need to be diligent about breast health. I think you need to see a doctor, since we, the expert patients on this site (and the women answering your question), have no medical training, and would never consider trying to make a specific diagnosis. Action alleviates worry - and since this sounds pretty painful, why not take some action? Call the doctor tomorrow and make an appointment, OK? Good luck - PJH

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