• Jodie Jodie
    November 26, 2008
    My nipple has little bumps, and it itches. Is this breast cancer?
    Jodie Jodie
    November 26, 2008

    Is it common to have small bumps on your nipples? I have these little bumps, and they're itchy. Could this be a sign of breast cancer?  

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  • PJ Hamel
    Health Guide
    November 26, 2008
    PJ Hamel
    Health Guide
    November 26, 2008

    Small bumps on the nipple are normal. They're called Montgomery glands, and their job is to secrete an oily lubricant that keeps your nipples soft and supple. If one or some of the bumps are painful, and seem enlarged, they could be blocked. Just as you get pimples on your face from blocked oil glands, you can get them on your nipples, too. Don't squeeze them; warm compresses can help open them up again.

     

    I suspect the itchiness you feel isn't related to the bumps. Nipple itchiness can be the result of a number of factors – anything from changing your laundry detergent or shower gel, to a bra that doesn't fit quite right, to spending a bit too much time in a chlorinated pool. Nipples are a sensitive part of your anatomy, and easily irritated. This irritation sometimes results in itchiness.

     

    There's a rare form of breast cancer called Paget's disease; its symptoms include irritated nipples. If the itching has been going on for awhile (several weeks) without relief and without change (e.g., more itching at certain times of the month), then it's probably time to see a doctor. S/he can rule out any serious nipple issues, and might recommend you see a dermatologist for tests to determine just what's causing the itchiness, and what might be done about it.

     

     


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  • jestofo October 18, 2009
    jestofo
    October 18, 2009

    These are probably just Montgomery glands, which i wrote an article about which you can read here: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2215435/why_nipples_have_bumps.html?cat=69

     

    Montgomery glands are usually the same color as your nipple, and if you squeeze them (don't do that tho) sometimes white stuff will come out, which is simply excess oil.  The itching could be simply caused by extra oil. I suggest you read my article for more information.

     

    If they are in any way discolored or paintful, however, you should see your physician immediately, just to be safe.

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  • denise June 16, 2009
    denise
    June 16, 2009

    i have a bump on my nipple it is painful should i get it checked out or wait

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  • Melie January 28, 2009
    Melie
    January 28, 2009

    I don't have an answer to this. I do however have the same problem. I have had these little bumps for I guess 2 years. They don't go away, they itch from time to time and have also burned. I didn't think much about it. Is this common?

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  • melissa October 26, 2010
    melissa
    October 26, 2010

    i have just started geting this but having itchy nipples, for the past two days its bad no pain or anything maby sore because i pinch them to stop the itching. cancer or maby pregnant? im 21

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    • PJ Hamel
      October 26, 2010
      PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      October 26, 2010

      Please don't worry about cancer. At your age, and with the symptoms you describe in both breasts, it's totally unlikely. This is most probably a hormonal issue; if it doesn't disappear within a month, then you might want to see your doctor and find out what it is (ditto if it gets noticeably worse; you'd want to get some relief). In the meantime, please read our post on nipple issues; I think it'll help set your mind at ease. Good luck - PJH

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