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Paget's disease?

By Anonymous November 19, 2016 - 2:01pm
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When I get out of the bath mainly, I notice dry skin that can be peeled off on the tip of my nipple. It is only on one nipple. I've had it for quite a while but only recently found out it could be cancer. I'm really worried. Is there anything else that could be causing this dry skin? My boyfriend always sucks on them I don't know if that will affect them. Also, I know it's gross but I only have a few bras so sometimes I end up resulting in Wearing the same bra for more than one day. I'm only 17 and I'm prettified and embarrassed to visit a doctor.

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Dear Anon,

Welcome to EmpowHer! I'm sorry you are going through this.

Paget's disease is a rare disease. It is found in 1 to 4 out of every 100 breast cancers (1 to 4%). Paget's disease starts in the nipple or in the area of darker skin surrounding it (the areola). It usually first appears as a red, scaly rash. It can be itchy.

What you describe can simply be dry skin, eczema (severe skin rash and inflammation), an infection or some other skin condition. Are you using anything new in your bath? Bath salts or moisturizer that could be causing a reaction? A visit your doctor to determine the cause might be in order. Especially if symptoms change or worsen.


November 19, 2016 - 5:22pm
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