Discussions By Condition: I cannot get a diagnosis.

Itchy Nipple...nothing helps!

Posted In: I cannot get a diagnosis. 4 Replies
  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • May 27, 2007
  • 10:56 PM

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!

Reply Flag this Discussion

4 Replies:

  • Sounds like excema, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eczema - don't take cortizone for it, read the labels! Doctors love handing out the stuff, but it can cause incredible damage, short and long term (and many doctors say so too). In particular it is very bad for skin, not to mention the risk to children you might later have. It only has some place in emergencies, to avoid death.Cover the area with a cotton cloth, under which you keep camphor cream (aqueous cream with smelly camphor oil) as permanently as possible, it has to stay wet. Another warning - anything with comfrey is the one alternative remedy NOT to take, please see http://www.henriettesherbal.com/blog/?p=637Don't wash the area too often with soap, only with water. Dab on colloidal silver (made with distilled water). This silver is also a good cleanser / deodorant. See www.nutrasilver.com for a type you can take internally. Here in ZA we brew it at home. It has proven consistently better than any med or antibiotic, for almost any problem. If it is correctly made there are no side effects. See www.tetrahedron.org/articles/colloidal_silver.htmlTake homeopathic Resque Remedy in the mouth, also probably Vitamin-B12 (complex), Omega-3 (salmon oil or flax seed oil) and of Vitamin-C 1000 mg (slow release). The best Omega-3 is kept in a fridge in the health shop, not in caps. Resque Remedy can also be dabbed onto the rash. There is very likely an allergy underlying your condition. Try Reiki and/or NAET treatments. Visit www.naet.com to locate a therapist in your area. A traditional Chinese doctor is another great idea, see www.acufinder.com to locate one.The bad news about excema is that it's usually for life (not dangerous though) and at times it can become worse. It is related to asthma, so be aware of any breathing problems. Doctors have no cure. Homeopaths, Chinese and NAET therapists may do better, but it will return when your state of mind allows. And about 3 days after the correct state of mind, it will go away. Even doctors say there is a strong psychological factor - that much at least they know.
    Curly Stooge 319 Replies Flag this Response
  • sounds like thrush to me, yeast on the nipple. There is an ointment that you can put on your nipple that you get from the doctor.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • have you seen your ob? mammo...paget's disease...please get checked!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 22, 2007
    • 11:46 PM
    • 0
    Flag this Response
  • Is it just one side? Get a mammo, as above. (Women only) Very rarely, eczema of a nipple can signal a cancerous growth beneath. This is uncommon, but is a good reason to see your doctor if you have eczema on only one nipple. It occurs mainly in middle-aged or elderly women. It is not usually itchy, but there may be a pricking or burning feeling.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • October 24, 2007
    • 08:59 AM
    • 0
    Flag this Response
Thanks! A moderator will review your post and it will be live within the next 24 hours.