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Forum Name: Dermatology Topics

Question: A form of acne on the aerioles of my breasts?


 jeyboo - Wed Dec 23, 2009 8:46 pm

It would seem that most women develop bumps on the aerioles of thier nipples as I've been told. Though the bumps i have seem to be along the lines of acne in some way. I've seen some come and go, and more develop. Its nothing shockingly disturbing to see, but each one seems to have a white substance inside. Much like a pimple would. They seem to have a thicker white substance inside rather than pus or a blackhead. I regularly check them to clear them out because if left longer than a week or two they then become a little swollen and pus forms inside. They don't become reddened and never hurts, it's merely annoying and a bit gross. Only when they are full do you see any type of head like a pimple, but still barely ever is it pus inside.

Is there anyway to treat this, or a name for whatever it seems to be, so i can further study it? Thank you for your time any information would be great.
 Dr.M.jagesh kamath - Tue Jan 05, 2010 11:26 am

User avatar Hello,The description given would seem to suggest Areolar sebeceous hyperplasia.Sebaceous glands are normal and found on the areola and open out montgomery tubercles.Sometimes due to hormonal changes they can hypertrophy and contain whitish sebaceous material.While common during pregnancy,there are familial types which show up hyperplasia during puberty and tend to progress with age.Do get examined and if confirmed would respond to antiacne medications.Best wishes.

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