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nic14120 posted:
Hello,

I am a 34 yr old mother of two. Stopped nursing 7 months ago.
About 4-5 days ago I noticed a collection of red pin size dots under my skin, just below my areola. My daughter did squeeze my skin around that area, not sure if that was the exact location or not. I have not other issues with my breast, just these tiny red dots. They are not raised, nor itchy. It is possible for this to occur on the breast after being pinched? They are still pretty red and have not seemed to lighten up. WIll they, and if so, how long to do so? Is this a sign of something else I should be worried about? Thank you!
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georgiagail responded:
Yes, this sounds like very tiny blood vessels that broke when our daughter squeezed this area. They will eventually go away and because they are connected to a "squeeze" do not indicate other medical problems.

Gail
 
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nic14120 replied to georgiagail's response:
Thank you, Gail. Is there a point on which i should be concerned it they dont go away. They are still very red a week later, and i cant tell if they are slightly raised or not, but not itchy, and has not spread. Im worried about inflamattory breast cancer. Than you
 
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georgiagail replied to nic14120's response:
These are not symptoms of inflammatory breast disease which involves swelling, warmth and more of a bruising (i.e., redness) of the breast,

The day after I had my second child I woke up to what looked like a rash over my neck and upper chest; it was the same thing you had from the intensity of pushing during labor. It was not raised nor itchy but looked pretty impressive! Took a couple of weeks for it to completely subside.

Gail
 
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Anon_160335 responded:
What Are the Symptoms of Inflammatory Breast Cancer?Unlike the more common form of breast cancer, inflammatory breast cancer does not generally show up as a lump. The disease grows as nests or sheets that clog the lymph system under the skin. Often the symptoms are attributed to other diseases and thus the diagnosis may take a long time to occur.
Symptoms of inflammatory breast cancer include:
  • Pain in the breast. Often inflammatory breast cancer is mistaken as a breast infection and treated with antibiotics. If response to antibiotics doesn't occur after a week, request a breast biopsy or referral to a breast specialist.
  • Skin changes in the breast area. You may find pink or reddened areas often with the texture and thickness of an orange. (peau d'orange)
  • A bruise on the breast that doesn't go away.
  • Sudden swelling of the breast.
  • Itching of the breast.
  • Nipple retraction or discharge.
  • Swelling of the lymph nodes under the arm or in the neck.
These changes often occur quickly, over a period of weeks.
How Is Inflammatory Breast Cancer Diagnosed?Inflammatory breast cancer is often misdiagnosed as another medical condition. It's important to pursue a breast or skin biopsy if treatments for another breast condition like an infection don't work.


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