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My nipples are sore, dry, and itchy, What is going on

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This started a almost a week ago now and it's driving me crazy! At first they were just itchy and I almost thought I had hives. But no. I tried benadryl (creme and pill) didn't help. I thought about it maybe being a skin allergy, but I haven't changed my laundry soap in years. Now they're a little less itchy, but they are really sore and it looks like I'm cold all the time. I just don't know what's going on. This is probably a silly thing to ask about, but if you know anything I'd appriciate some help. Thanks
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: OB GYN
Expert:  Dr. Su S replied 5 years ago.
Hello,

Greetings,

Any other sympXXXXX XXXXXke pain, redness or discharge? Are both affected or one, any change in skin there? Any past illness? Any test ?


Regards.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Yes, they are painfully. It is both of my nipples and they are really dry too despite the fact that I have been putting cocoa butter on them four times a day since this started. They are kinda red, I can't tell if their darkening in colour or just red and irritated. No discharge. No past illness with them at least. Although about 7years ago I had a breast reduction. Test? Not sure what you mean. I haven't had any tests resently and nothing about this problem.
Expert:  Dr. Su S replied 5 years ago.
Thank you for the input.


Itching in the nipple with pain is probably due to dermatitis,or fungal infection. Sometimes bacterial infection can also present with pain & itching . You should consult a dermatologist or breast specialist for an examination . Antifungal or antibiotic can be needed. Sometimes benadryl do not work . Prescription grade antihistamines may be useful.

Hope this information will help you.
Wish your healthy life.
Any query, please ask.
Regards.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
I wanted to know if this could be a symptom of pregnancy?
Expert:  Dr. Su S replied 5 years ago.
Soreness of the nipple can be due to pregnancy. But itching is not characteristic of pregnancy. In pregnancy it becomes swollen too.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.

My husband says they are slightly swollen. We were wondering if since I have had a breast reduction (if this was due to pregnancy) if the changes would be irritating those areas since I never really healed right. Also if you do think it is an infection how would I have gotten something like that? Sorry for all the questions.

Expert:  Dr. Su S replied 5 years ago.
Have you missed your period?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
No not yet, I have a few days still. But we have been trying.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
I didn't want to go to the doctor if I was pregnant and have it not show up on a test yet. I thought I'd wait it out, but if I am not and this is something else I wanted to know so I could get it taken care of.
Expert:  Dr. Su S replied 5 years ago.
In case of swelling & pain in both it can be due to pregnancy. Infection can occur if skin debris clogging the pores or ducts & bacteria or fungus reach there.. However , if your husband says they appear swollen , they can well be due to pregnancy. You can wait till the due date & take a pregnancy test.
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