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Why does my nipple sting after swimming in the ocean?

By Anonymous September 10, 2012 - 1:16am
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I went swimming a couple of days ago and after a while in the water my right nipple started to sting. The pain went away after a couple of hours but when I took a shower it started to sting again. The pain went away but came back when I took a shower the next day. I also noticed the edge of the nipple was darker and looked like it was a scab. I am 22 years old and not pregnant.

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This is most likely caused by sand in the clothing rubbing against your nipple thus causing minor cuts.

July 15, 2017 - 4:42am
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This is called Surfers nipples I'm a 15 year old male and I have the same issues I may be a little late but I decided to Google it after I went to the beach today it's called Surfer nipples

July 13, 2017 - 5:38pm
EmpowHER Guest

me too but just my left breast. its either irritation from bra friction or some sort of infection reacting to the salt water.

i have a history with my left breast, cancer scare and uber sensitive

July 6, 2017 - 4:52am
EmpowHER Guest

I had the same thing on holidays during the Summer, it never happens in swimming pools just the sea.

January 5, 2016 - 3:14am
EmpowHER Guest

Hi Anon,

Welcome to EmpowHER.  Some of the causes of Nipple pain can be hormonal, an injury to the breast, dry skin and many other conditions.  If the pain continues more then a week, It's important to see a doctor and explain your symptoms.  



September 10, 2012 - 7:34am
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