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Forum Name: Breast Cancer

Question: Rash on Breast

 soccermoma373 - Fri Sep 12, 2008 11:04 pm

I am a 35 year old female. I have a bad rash on my right breast and nipple very sore. My throat is also swollen on the right side. Does anyone have a suggestion of what it could be? Also I have been putting topical cream and it will not go away.
 Dr. Safaa Mahmoud - Thu Oct 09, 2008 8:10 pm

User avatar Hello,

A transient breast rash usually does not indicate an underlying malignancy or a serious condition. To the contrary a persistent breast rash should be properly evaluated.

Common causes include, infections (bacterial,fungal), dermatitis, dry skin and cancer.

Infection (bacterial) is commonly seen during lactation (mastitis) and causes a painful breast. The condition usually resolves with an antibiotics course but if persists, exclusion of malignancy should be done.

Sore throat may be unrelated or indirectly related if a medication you have received is the cause since some medications cause skin rash.

Dermatitis, an inflammation of the skin results from contact with an irritant or allergen. Dermatitis is treated with hydrocortisone cream and avoidance of the allergen.

Fungal infection (candidiasis) usually presents with itchy skin rash under the breast. The condition is treated with local antifugnal therapy.

Rarely, a breast rash is a symptom of inflammatory breast cancer. However, your family history makes exclusion of this cause mandatory.

I advise you to follow up with your doctor.
Best regards.

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