I Am 15 Years Old And On My Left Breast Hurts Whenever I Touch It And Its A Bit Red Around The Nipple Area. Whats Wrong? Im Really Scared And Its Awkward If I Tell My Mom. I Need Help Asap!

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Asked by Cathy perez

I Am 15 Years Old And On My Left Breast Hurts Whenever I Touch It And Its A Bit Red Around The Nipple Area. Whats Wrong? Im Really Scared And Its Awkward If I Tell My Mom. I Need Help Asap!

Answer

Cathy, please read our Teen Guide to Normal Breast Development to get some information about how puberty affects breasts and what warning signs to watch out for that might need a doctor's attention.

All kinds of things like a scratchy bra or new skin care products could irritate your nipple and make it red. However, if your left nipple is redder and more painful than the right, and if that has gone on for more than a few days, you might have some sort of allergy or infection that needs a doctor's attention. I know that it is embarrassing to talk to your mom about this, but she is the best person to make the decision about whether you need to see a doctor about this pain and redness.

One thing you need to know is that your symptoms are not usually breast cancer symptoms even for older women, and that teens almost never get breast cancer. So please don't worry about cancer, but do let your mother know about what is going on.

Answered by Phyllis Johnson