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Monday, July 13, 2009 AvasMom, Community Member, asks

Q: Light red rash and itch on both breasts & nipples

About a week ago the sides of both breasts and my nipples began to itch. That's when I noticed a very light red rash on both of my breasts, but only on the sides. Sometimes the itch is SO bad I can hardly stand it. Then it goes away and I'm fine for several hours, then it starts up again. These itching outbreaks last anywhere from 15-30 minutes. There's no pain at all ... just terrible itching, no lumps, no discharge. I've tried prescription cortisone cream but it didn't help the itch or the rash. I'm 39 years old and have never had anything like this before.


I haven't changed laundry soap, shower gel/soap, new bra ... nothing I can think of. But, the day before this started I went in our pool about 15 minutes after my husband shocked it and added chlorine (I didn't know he had done it). That's the only thing I can think of, out of the ordinary.

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
7/13/09 8:42am

Hi - Since this is affecting both breasts, it would be very unusual indeed for it to have anything to do with cancer, which generally affects just one breast at a time. Have you thought of seeing a dermatologist? Could be you're having a reaction to the chlorine, as you mentioned. It sounds very uncomfortable; you'd probably better see your PCP, in order to get a referral to a dermatologist, or whomever he/she thinks could identify the source of this and treat it. Good luck - PJH

Liana R, Community Member
12/ 6/10 8:14am

I am 38 years old and for the last 4 weeks I am experiencing the absolutly same simptoms on my both breasts. Two weeks ago I seen a dermatologist who think is just a rush, and prescribed Triamcinolone acetonide ointment usp, 0.1%.I use it since, and the rush kind of went away and came back, on and  off. Last nigt insteed, came bach very agressive and seems to spread under  both breasts and nipples. I feel very unconfortable and the worse: I do not know where is comming from and how can be treated effectivelly! I have an appointment with my PCP on Thursday, Dec 9 and I will keep you post it if anything new will happen! Please do the same! LR

PJ Hamel, Health Guide
12/ 6/10 12:07pm

Well, luckily this doesn't sound at all like breast cancer symptoms... but it does sound very uncomfortable! Hopefully your PCP will hook you up with a breast specialist, if necessary, to figure out what this is and treat it. Have you ruled out all the usual suspects, like a change in laundry detergent or shower gel, a new bra, new bedding, new food, everything like that? PJH

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By AvasMom, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/27/10, First Published: 07/13/09