I Have A Raised Spot On My Nipple That's Extremely Painful. What Might Cause This?

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I Have A Raised Spot On My Nipple That's Extremely Painful. What Might Cause This?

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Your nipple area is filled with lots of tiny oil glands that keep the nipple and areola soft and supple. Sometimes these glands become blocked, and a small infection develops - just like a pimple on your face. And, like a pimple, a major blockage can become quite painful. Once the blockage is relieved, the pain and enlargement disappear.

If you feel this might be a blocked oil gland, then try applying hot compresses to possibly ease the pain and promote healing. If this doesn't help in a day or two, then it's time to see the doctor. Also, if you have any other symptoms of a possible infection - an itchy breast, for instance, or redness/swelling in your breast - see the doctor ASAP. In the meantime, please read our guide to nipple issues for more helpful information.