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My nipples have suddenly gotten much darker, like a brown-purple

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My nipples have suddenly gotten much darker, like a brown-purple color, they are also very dry and flaky. What could be the cause of this?
Hi--just your nipples or the entire areolas? How long has this been going on?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

just the nipples and I just noticed last night.

OK--any possibility you could be pregnant?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

There is a possibility, but I think it would be too soon to check because I shouldn't get my period for about 7 more days.

OK--obviously pregnancy can do this as can other hormonal fluxes, especially a rise in prolactin levels. That said, this could also be an exczema problem or potentially a sign of a low thyroid problem. The best thing for you to do is have a doctor take a look and check some blood work.
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