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bjnewcomb posted:
I am almost 29, and for the last week or so the area around my nipples have itched really bad and my nipples are sore. I am not pregnant, and have not changed anything recently. I have never had this problem before should I be worried??? I have done self breast exams, but I'm really not sure what I should be concerned about I can feel little knots but not sure if they have always been there or they are new. should I be worried??
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Jane Harrison Hohner, RN, RNP responded:
Dear bjnewcomb: One of the most common reasons for both areolas (dark part of nipple) to be itchy is a dermatology problem. While women frequently worry about a rare form of cancer (Paget's disease), it does not usually occur in both nipples at once--nor does it onset super suddenly.

Here is a link to a two part review of the causes (and treatments) for itchy nipples:

http://blogs.webmd.com/womens-health/2012/02/nipple-itching.html

http://blogs.webmd.com/womens-health/2012/02/whats-making-my-nipple-itch-part-ii.html

I would urge you to see your GYN for a focused exam of the area. This really needs to be seen for the most exact diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

Yours,
Jane


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