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Q: what is Montgomery's Tubercles

I have these things on my areolas that are like pimples and they have been in the same spots for years and no matter how much I pop them, they won't go away. I have a lot. should I be worried?

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
7/20/09 10:22pm

Montgomery's tubercles (as you seem to already know) are the little bumps on your areola. They secrete oil, which helps keep your nipples healthy, and discourages bacteria. They're natural; if you let them do their job without interference, your breasts will be happier! PJH

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JustCuriousAndConcerned, Community Member
7/21/09 10:34am

Will they ever go away?

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
7/21/09 1:01pm

Well, no more than your fingers would go away... they're a natural part of your breast. Perhaps yours are more enlarged than some; and they do tend to get enlarged when you're breast-feeding. Also, if you keep squeezing them, they'll be continually irritated and enlarged. Have you asked the doctor about this issue? PJH

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JustCuriousAndConcerned, Community Member
7/22/09 11:33am

No I haven't

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juel, Community Member
10/ 9/09 9:11pm

Hey, I have found somthing that helps with this, if you lubricate the nipple with olive oil, or some type of natural oil. The white stuff does not come as much. The areola is much more soft, and it seem to help it kinda go away.

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