I Found My Brest Nipple Tearing Apart And Skin Is Pealing From The Nipple. It Really Hurts. I Think That Something'eating It. Can You Give Me Some Advice On What To Do?

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Asked by Lucy

I Found My Brest Nipple Tearing Apart And Skin Is Pealing From The Nipple. It Really Hurts. I Think That Something'eating It. Can You Give Me Some Advice On What To Do?

Something's eating my left nipple.

Answer

Lucy, if this came on suddenly and is progressing quickly, find a walk-in clinic, or go to the emergency room; any condition that worsens so fast you can see it happening needs medical attention ASAP. Given the pain, this may be an infection that needs a doctor's attention.

If you don't think it's an emergency situation, keep your eye on it. Is it getting worse? Staying the same? Maybe getting a little bit better? If/when you see a doctor, s/he'll want to know about how the condition started, and how it progressed.

You may have eczema, a common skin rash that sometimes affects the nipples. However, a rare type of breast cancer, Paget's Disease of the Breast, can start with nipple itching, peeling, and pain, and can look a lot like eczema. If you're diagnosed with eczema that DOES NOT respond to treatment, ask about the possibility of Paget's, OK?

Best of luck - I hope this abates on its own quickly. PJH

Answered by PJ Hamel