What Causes Sore Nipples?

Sore nipples can be caused by many things including infections, dry skin, injury or irritation, early signs of pregnancy or Paget’s disease. Your nipples are one of the most sensitive areas of your body and it’s not uncommon to notice soreness.

Soreness can be caused by something as little as a change in your body wash or detergent which irritates your skin. In some cases sore nipples could be a symptom of a bacterial or fungal infection, like Staph. Infections would normally occur within the fatty tissue of the breast and can cause swelling in addition to soreness and discomfort.

Sore nipples are also a common symptom of Paget’s disease, which is a very rare form of breast cancer. Paget’s disease is usually caused by an invasive ductal carcinoma and doesn’t often happen by itself. Also, Paget’s disease usually only happens on one breast.

To treat sore nipples some people use a hot compress. But most often you just have to give it some time. If you continue to experience discomfort for a few weeks you should call your doctor.

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Definition

Supernumerary nipples is the presence of extra nipples.


Alternative Names

Polymastia; Polythelia; Accessory nipples


Considerations

Supernumerary nipples are fairly common. They are generally unrelated to other conditions or syndromes. The extra nipples usually occur in a line below the normal nipples. They are usually not recognized as extra nipples because they tend to be small and not well formed.


Common Causes
  • Variation of normal development
  • Some rare genetic syndromes may be associated...
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