• J831 J831
    November 09, 2008
    What causes dry, itchy, flaky patches on my breast?
    J831 J831
    November 09, 2008

    I've read a number of articles on itchy breasts, and none of them match my problem. There are dry, itchy, flaky patches around my breast, not on or near my nipple or areola. There are no bumps, and my breast's not red. Any suggestions? 

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  • PJ Hamel
    Health Guide
    November 09, 2008
    PJ Hamel
    Health Guide
    November 09, 2008

    While a rare form of breast cancer (inflammatory breast cancer, IBC) can begin with changes in the skin on your breast, the skin would typically be red, and distinctly stippled – textured like the skin of an orange. And while IBC can also start with an itchy breast, it nearly always evolves into something more serious fairly quickly. From your description, it doesn't sound like you're experiencing any of this.

     

    If this were happening on both breasts, I'd say it might be caused by an allergic reaction to laundry detergent or shower gel, or some other systemic issue. But since it's on one breast, it seems more likely it's something a dermatologist should look at.  You may have a localized case of eczema, which needs a doctor's treatment. So please set up an appointment; and in the meantime, check out our tips for caring for dry skin; you may be able to get some temporary relief while you wait to see the doctor.  

     


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  • worried February 25, 2010
    worried
    February 25, 2010

    My right breast has had horrible itching for years than I started having it in my left its flaky around the nipples but not real bad. My doctor says he has giving me the strongest cream there is for it, the cream helps the itching but it always returns now I have tenderness on the left side of my left breast and a very slight indent in my breast next to the tender area. I have scheduled a mammogram but its not for a couple of weeks and I'm concerned. My breast are quite large regularly and lately they have had what looks like a pinkish purple blotching on both breast Should I be concerned? Since the itching is on both sides now is it posible it could be something else?

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    • joyce
      October 02, 2010
      joyce
      October 02, 2010

      Idon't know if am in the right place or not but,am 40 yrs old and have 2 real itchy breasts with some red around the ichy part what can this be please help it drives me crazy. The scracting always starts @ night time when i go for a pee then it all goes from there why is this?even ibn bed am ictching and driving my old man nut's with this help thx alot for your time.

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    • PJ Hamel
      October 02, 2010
      PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      October 02, 2010

      This sounds hormonal; or the result of a new laundry detergent, shower gel, or something else that could be causing a systemic reaction. Since it's affecting both breasts, it's unlikely it would be connected to breast cancer. Your best bet would be to see your family doctor about this; s/he could direct you to a dermatologist, or endocrinologist, depending on the intial diagnosis. Bottom line: don't just put up with it (and drive your husband crazy!). See a doctor, and get some treatment. Good luck - PJH

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  • len2x May 27, 2010
    len2x
    May 27, 2010

    Same here. Have you though of putting some vaseline jelly on the itching skin around both my nipples.  I tried putting vaseline on it and my skin seems to be getting back to normal.  I just recently had this itch problem and it was disconcerting.  I do plan to go to a doctor soon to see what's going on.  Everyone should when the problem affects a very sensitive area.  Hope this helps.

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    • len2x
      May 27, 2010
      len2x
      May 27, 2010

      MY APOLOGIES!!! I meant to say use the vaseline jelly on yours.  Shame on me:)  Anyways, I tried vaseline and that was the only thing that worked for me.  I don't know why I didn't think of it earlier.  I put it on before I wear my bra.  Only once a day because I'm thinking the ingredients might be pretty strong already.

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