I have had an itchy nipple on and off for over 2 years. It itches, peels, and sometimes cracks open around the base of the nipple and bleeds a bit. Sometimes there seems to be a small rash around the areola.It will be so bad for days that I just want to tear it off my body. Then it just suddenly goes away!
The first time I saw a dermatologist for it, I was given an ointment cream type drug called Protopic. I was told that if it didn't go away in a few weeks/months, then I should see her again. All Protopic did was burn the ***l out of my nipple and make it peel even worse. Several weeks and much pain later, I went back and was told to just try a hydrocortisone cream. It didnt work either and she didnt seem to have any other ideas, so I have just continued to deal with it.
No I havent started a new medication.
Yes my bras, towels and sheets are cleaned with hot water.
No I have not changed laundry detergent or soaps.
So I recently went to another doctor and mentioned it again. She told me that it wasn't something that is constant...if it was then I might have some sort of skin disease or problem. But because it comes and goes when it feels like it (and for several years) and I havent changed soaps, etc then she didnt have anything to give me as far as an antibiotic, etc. So she told me that it might be hormonal and that I should switch my birth control pills to another brand.
I have done a lot of research on nipple itch and peeling. I see that the hormonal thing is with pregnant/breastfeeing women. I do not have kids nor am I pregnant.
Any advice??? I will be changing my pills unless anyone has any other advice for me...please help!