What Causes Dry, Itchy, Flaky Patches On My Breast?

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Asked by J831

What Causes Dry, Itchy, Flaky Patches On My Breast?

I've read a number of articles on itchy breasts, and none of them match my problem. There are dry, itchy, flaky patches around my breast, not on or near my nipple or areola. There are no bumps, and my breast's not red. Any suggestions?

Answer

While a rare form of breast cancer (inflammatory breast cancer, IBC) can begin with changes in the skin on your breast, the skin would typically be red, and distinctly stippled - textured like the skin of an orange. And while IBC can also start with an itchy breast, it nearly always evolves into something more serious fairly quickly. From your description, it doesn't sound like you're experiencing any of this.

If this were happening on both breasts, I'd say it might be caused by an allergic reaction to laundry detergent or shower gel, or some other systemic issue. But since it's on one breast, it seems more likely it's something a dermatologist should look at.  You may have a localized case of eczema, which needs a doctor's treatment. So please set up an appointment; and in the meantime, check out our tips for caring for dry skin; you may be able to get some temporary relief while you wait to see the doctor.

Answered by PJ Hamel