My Nipples Sting. Should I see my Doctor?


Asked by JUNIPER

I Have A Stinging Sensation In My Nipple. Should I See My Doctor?

It's the nipple on my right breast.


Nipple pain and soreness can stem from a number of causes, usually hormonal. You may find this stinging, or soreness, happens just before your period, then disappears; this is normal. Many pre-menopausal women experience fibrocystic change, a benign (not dangerous) condition characterized by breast pain and nipple soreness. And some women report pain relief by avoiding caffeine; this is something you might try.

Sore, stinging nipples (on one or both breasts) are also a typical sign of pregnancy. Is there a chance you could be pregnant?

If the stinging sensation evolves into more pronounced pain; or if you see any signs of infection (swelling, redness, discharge, heat), then it would be best to see a doctor for treatment. In the meantime, please read our post Nipple Issues: When to Worry, When to Wait for more good information.

You should know: The answer above provides general health information that is not intended to replace medical advice or treatment recommendations from a qualified healthcare professional.