• kris2882 kris2882
    October 12, 2010
    I have a pimple-like bump on my areola. Should I see a doctor?
    kris2882 kris2882
    October 12, 2010

    This lump is very painful to the touch. Is this something I should rush to the doctor for, or is it OK to wait? I don't have insurance.

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  • PJ Hamel
    Health Guide
    October 12, 2010
    PJ Hamel
    Health Guide
    October 12, 2010

    You can get a pimple on your nipple, just like you can get one on your forehead or nose. Your nipple is filled with Montgomery's glands, small oil glands that keep it supple; and these glands can become blocked, and develop into what's basically a pimple. Aside from an oil gland becoming blocked, you could also have an infection in a milk duct, which would be somewhat more serious.

     

    Give this issue a couple of days or so; if it doesn't seem to be getting better, then yes, you should go to the doctor and have it treated, as you'd want to start on a course of antibiotics. Or, if it gets worse (your breast becomes painful, inflamed, red, hot, swollen, or itchy), then see a doctor ASAP. In the meantime, try applying warm compresses; and DON'T squeeze the bump, OK?  That could cause any infection to spread and become worse.

     


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