Itchy Nipple - Breast Reduction Surgery Correlation Years After!?


Asked by tara

Itchy Nipple - Breast Reduction Surgery Correlation Years After!?

Hello, I have read through many posts and the original article about itchy nipples. I am trying to find out if there is a correlation between itchy nipple(s) and breast reductions. I am a 30 year old who had severe itchyness on one nipple and waited it out for 2 weeks, did a self exam discovered a lump under my areola. This was last year, went to doc who said it was nothing but said for my own piece of mind, referred me to the breast center - had my first mammogram at 29, asked to go through an ultrasound same day......told them I had a breast reduction 5 years ago........radiologist came to see me to say she had another collegue look and both agree it is "fatty necrosis" - often in patients of breast reduction surgeries. Never addressed my itchyness with them but dermotologist thought it could be caused by nerve damage after the surgery - I still to this day have itchyness...never any discharge or swelling.......but it often flares up when I am lying down. Would love to know if I should new clinic look at t his again -another ultrasound or testing? Any other women with itchy nipple after years of breast reduction surgery?
The word cancer is haunting me and my fear it has been overlooked and is Paget's - not easily diagnosed!


Tara, this article about itchy breasts has some information about possible causes of itching and some suggestions for things that may help. You will notice that one cause of itching can be scar tissue, so your reduction surgery might well be related to your itching. I have old surgical scars that still itch off and on years after surgery. If your nipple has a scaly rash like eczema, you might want to check back in with your doctor and specifically ask about Paget's disease. From what I have read, an eczema type rash is the main feature of Paget's. If it is just the itchiness, you could try some home remedies like using skin care products for sensitive skin first, and then go back to the doctor if those don't work.

Answered by Phyllis Johnson