My Nipples Are Very Itchy And Dry. What Does This Mean?

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Asked by Amandclrk

My Nipples Are Very Itchy And Dry. What Does This Mean?

My nipples are itchy all the time, and my left nipple is painful.

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Winter is a time of year when your breasts, particularly your nipples, can easily become dry and chafed. Have you been using a new shower gel or laundry detergent? Wearing a new bra, perhaps? Doing a lot of swimming? If you can't think of anything that's causing this, it could simply be the season. Please read our post on  nipple issues; that'll help you decide whether/when to see a doctor about this. You might also find our post on nipple pain and soreness helpful.

Since it's happening in both breasts, it would be very unlikely this itchiness is a breast cancer symptom. Still, if it lasts longer than a month; or if it gets worse, it would be good to make an appointment to see someone.

Answered by PJ Hamel