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Question: Nipples burn, peeling, scabs, breasts ache, bad pain

 Lambchop - Fri Dec 18, 2009 12:59 pm

Started out as dry skin on nipples/areola, itchy, flakey, no pain.
1 week into it, peeling, skin becoming raw in crease where nipple meets areola, applied chapstick/carmex, condition worsened.
2nd week into it, skin has become hardened on top of nipple and areola, skin is scabby in some areas, raw in others. Constant burning, aching, periodic "needle" pains, sore breasts, pain in armpit, pain in back (on right side).
Applied tripple antibiotic ointment at night, covered with bandaids over night, removed in the morning, skin was "soggy," some came off with bandaids, allowed air to get to skin for several hours, then replaced bandaids for several hours as shirt fabric was irritating skin.
Nipples have been in this ^ condition for at least 5 days. Entire process began approx. two weeks ago. Pain is worsening every night. Ibuprofen taken close to bedtime seemed to help a little bit. I am concerned about Paget's disease, as the symptoms sound identical.
 Dr.M.jagesh kamath - Mon Jan 11, 2010 2:56 am

User avatar Hello,If the problem is on both the sides it is unlikely to be paget's.paget's is mostly unilateral meaning affecting one side with a carcinoma undeneath.Breast eczema responds to steroid application.Since you have pain and may be due to infection a course of antibiotics internally may be required.Breast eczema is soggy,would itch and is generally bilateral.If your condition should persist despite external application of cortisone beyond two weeks would need a biopsy and a mammogram.But the features would be in favour of eczema.Do consult your doctor and you should be fine with treatment for eczema.But do get your doc and do not self treat.Best wishes.

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