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What would an area the size of a dime that is raised beside my nipple be?

By Anonymous June 5, 2009 - 1:21pm
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I have had this area for a little over a month. It sometimes feels itchy. The first day I noticed it, it seemed irritated. I had a little clear fluid coming from it. Just not sure. But there also is a little "poofiness" just below this area. ??? No pain.

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Hi, Anon,

I really want to side with Michelle and encourage you to make a doctor's appointment. It seems like with an insect bite, you'd have seen some change over the month.

Glad there's no pain. Do you have redness? And if you rub or scratch it, does it get worse (like an insect bite would)?

You might be dealing with a skin condition like eczema, or a fungal condition, something that will clear up with some medicine. And if you wait another month, that's just another month before you get started on treatment.

At the very least, call your doctor's office and talk to the nurse practitioner -- she or he can give you a good idea of whether you need to be seen, or some suggestions on what sort of topical ointment may help.

By chance are you breastfeeding?

Or wearing anything (like a sports bra) that rubs right there?

Have you changed anything in the last month, like shampoo, laundry detergent, or medicine?

You might be interested in reading this forum on women who are working their way through similar symptoms:


Will you let us know?

June 8, 2009 - 8:54am
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Hello Anonymous,

Thank you so much for visiting the website and for asking your question here. You know what's kind of interesting about your question, is if you had written the same thing but substituted in "arm" or "leg" for "nipple" I would have said pretty much what the poster said above. But for me, when it has to do with our breasts, we just cannot be too careful.

If it were me, I'd make an appointment to get it looked at. It might be a bug bite or it could be an infected Montgomery gland (those small bumps we have on our areolas around the nipples), or something else. But since you've had it for a month and it's not going away, I'd make an appointment first thing Monday morning. Since you have allergies it may well turn out to be no big deal, but I have a feeling you'll feel better if you know for sure. Please post again and let us know how you are doing and what you find out. Best in health, Michelle

June 5, 2009 - 1:57pm
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Sounds like it might be a mosquito bite or spider bite. I am allergic to most insect bites and they LOVE me....the bites can last for a month or two, are usually itchy and can leave a little mark...
Doesn't sound too serious but if you are worried pop to your doctor or dermatologist.

June 5, 2009 - 1:24pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Thanks for the comment. I hope that is all it is. It just hasn't changed alot in the months time. I am allergic to lots of stuff though. I'll keep a watch and maybe make a call to my OBGYN. Thanks again.

June 5, 2009 - 1:33pm
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