Father In-laws Left Nipple Has Turned Black, Whats Wrong?

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Father In-laws Left Nipple Has Turned Black, Whats Wrong?

My father inlaw (white, male late 50's) left nipple and areola (not sure if its called that in men) has turned black. The right is normal colored. There is no drainage that I know of (he hasnt complained of any), when he showed it to me, he rubbed his hand across it and didnt seem to have any tenderness, its not swelled. What could this be?

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Not sure what this color change would signal, but I'd suggest he see a doctor. Black flesh often means it's not getting oygen; or this could be blood under the surface. Since this is a change from the norm, I'd suggest he see a doctor about it; if he has an infection (which he might, even without tenderness/swelling), he doesn't want to let it go too long without treatment. Good luck - PJH