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Nipple pain

By January 15, 2010 - 5:02pm
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Ok I am 27 years old never had a baby and haven’t had sex in 5 years. I woke up in the middle of the night with a sharp sting to my left breast. The next morning I took a shower, which my nipple or breast did not hurt. While in the shower my nipple started to hurt along with the whole left side of the breast. I got out holding my boob because the pain was so bad. I look down to see if i was bitten or what. There was a small chunk missing from my nipple..maybe this size of an ant. I clean the area and covered it before putting on my bar. The whole day I was in pain to the point pressure helped the pain to lessen. Now it seems that the pain is to the point I don’t want anything to touch me. I called my doctor but she can’t see me until Wed. what could have happen and what could I do to help my poor nipple until I can get to my doctor.

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Hi Brandie - I'm sorry to hear you're in so much pain, but glad you were able to get an appointment to see your doctor next week. We really can't diagnose your condition from our end, but I would like to do what we can to help you.

You may be dealing with mastitis, which is an inflammation of the breast, and can affect only one breast at a time. Mastitis occurs when a milk duct in the breast becomes blocked, or the skin around the breast nipple becomes cracked. Both of these situations allow bacteria to enter and infect the breast tissue. Causes of mastitis include pregnancy, breastfeeding, tuberculosis, skin rashes, or, rarely, breast cancer.

The steps that provide pain relief for mastitis may help you, whether or not you have mastitis, so I'm going to provide those for you to help reduce the pain.

* Apply ice compresses to the affected area of your breast.
* Consider using over-the-counter pain relievers.
* Drink lots of fluids.
* Get plenty of rest.

You can find more information on our Mastitis page:


I hope this is helpful, and that you will get back in touch with us after you see your doctor and let us know what you learn.
Take care,

January 15, 2010 - 6:26pm
(reply to Pat Elliott)

thank you pat!

January 15, 2010 - 7:58pm
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