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Q: What does it mean when I have scaly pink lumps on and around my nipples?

So, I'm seventeen and I never had any problems with my breasts until relatively recently. They've been very sore/tender and my nipples have these slightly scaly pinkish lumps on and around them, more on the right than on the left. No big history in my family of it, either. The first time I noticed them were a couple months ago, but kinda dismissed them until now, they're becoming more prominent. Some of them even have a slight discharge (white and not very liquid-y). I'm not sure what to do, if I should be worrying, but I don't think it's normal and I'm not sure if I should talk to my doctor. If anyone could shed some light on the subject, I'd appreciate it greatly! Thanks! Smile

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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
8/ 6/09 6:21am

The little bumps you see around your nipples may be Montgomery's glands, and they are normal.  If the soreness gets worse right before your period and then gets better, that's a typical pattern for many women.  Some women have much more sensitive nipples than others, but if this increase in soreness is a change for you and lasts all month, it might be a good idea to check with your doctor.  You can read more about normal breast development in teens at this link.

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By RubyNell, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/27/10, First Published: 08/06/09