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Q: Dry, itchy, flaky, patchs on breast.

I've read a number of artilces on itchy breast and none of them match my problem. On my right breast I have dry, itchy, flaky patchs around my breast. Not on or near my nipple and not on my areola. There are no bumps, and its not red. I'm wonderinig if its just some type of ringworm or something similiar. The symptons are not as severe as others that include bleeding or bumps, but it is annoying. Any suggestions? 

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
11/ 9/08 6:08pm

Hi - There's no telling what this might be from. And since that's the case, you need to have it looked at. Since it's only on one breast, it's most likely not an allergic reaction to a new laundry detergent, or anything like that. So best go see the doctor, and get it diagnosed and treated, OK? Good luck - PJH

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worried, Community Member
2/25/10 9:39am

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, Community Member
10/ 2/10 9:27am

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, Health Guide
10/ 2/10 10:37am

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, Community Member
5/27/10 7:29am

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, Community Member
5/27/10 7:36am

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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