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Q: painful breast with a swollen nipple

Last week i developed breast pain in my left breast during the night it was a sharp pain and it woke me up. during the day my nipple became sore and then swollen I also had an aching pain ti the left of my breast. over the next couple of days. Then the swelling went down and the pain stopped, I now have an itchy nipple and dry skin were the swelling was. I am a 31 year old female.
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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
10/10/11 2:14pm

If the swelling had continued to worsen, Louise, I would have suggested a trip to the doctor ASAP; it sounds like you might have had an infection. Since swelling and pain can also be an early sign of a rare form of breast cancer, it's not a symptom you can ignore. However, since you seem better now, it could be this was a short-lived infection, and the itchy nipple is a side effect. Keep your eye on this, though; if the symptoms return, or the itchiness doesn't abate soon (within a week or so), it would be good to see a doctor, OK? Take care - PJH

LOUISE, Community Member
10/10/11 4:22pm

Thanks your answer has helped alot. I will keep an eye on it.

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By LOUISE, Community Member— Last Modified: 10/10/11, First Published: 10/10/11