I Have A Burning Sensation In My Nipple. Should I Be Concerned?

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Asked by MrsV

I Have A Burning Sensation In My Nipple. Should I Be Concerned?

Three months ago, I started feeling burning sensations in my left nipple. The feeling comes in random waves throughout the day. I've had a breast exam and mammogram -; all clear. My doctor thinks it's nothing. Should I get a second opinion?

Answer

When your doctor says, "It's nothing," does he or she have an opinion on what's causing this sensation? It's true that people get all kinds of pains and twinges all the time that no one can really explain, but I'd like my doctor to work with me a little more about trying to figure out a change that's been going on for three months.

This burning sensation is unlikely to be breast cancer, and here's why. First, breast pain and/or burning are seldom a sign of cancer. They're more often a result of fluctuating hormones; when hormone issues are chronic, they're termed fibrocystic change, which is fairly common in pre-menopausal women. In addition, breast cancer symptoms usually don't come and go.  Often burning in the nipple, if it's not due to hormones, ends up being diagnosed as a nerve-related problem.

Since you've reported this to the doctor and been checked out, I think it would be OK to do a little more watchful waiting. If the burning starts to get worse, or you experience more serious symptoms - redness, swelling, heat, wide areas of breast itching - then I'd recommend that second opinion, this time from a breast specialist, a medical professional who focuses strictly on breast issues.  Take care - I hope you get some relief soon.

Answered by Phyllis Johnson