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dermdoc19, Dermatologist
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Experience:  30 years practice in general and cosmetic dermatology
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My son 16 years old have developed itching in his left nipple,

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My son 16 years old have developed itching in his left nipple, it has gone darker brown and he is itching all the time. I am taking him to see a dermatologist today. His underarm is also red (both arms) but I think it is caused because of the deodorant he is using. Should I be worried about anything serious or this is hopefully dry skin issue as he is prone to dry skin since childhood.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dermatology
Expert:  dermdoc19 replied 2 years ago.
These answers are for informational purposes and do not replace a physician head-to-head visit. A patient-physician relationship is not established.
I would not be very alarmed, though it is a good idea to consult with your dermatologist. This sounds like nipple eczema. Often the nipple will be chafed, especially during sports. The fact that he has dry and sensitive skin makes this even more likely.
Itching causes scratching which causes the skin to become thicker and often discolored.
I have seen many cases of this through the years, and the application of a steroid, usually makes the problem resolve.
Something serious such as Paget's Disease of the nipple would be very rare in his sex and age group.
I would be happy to answer further questions.
Thank you for asking your question.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I am worried over the use of steroid creams. Should I also change his washing detergent as this may be caused by that detergent? Why is his underarm also red? Is this to do with dry skin or reaction to antiperspirant he uses?
Expert:  dermdoc19 replied 2 years ago.
That is a good point. He may have a clothing dermatitis provoked by detergent ( a detergent dermatitis). I would switch to either Dreft or All Free& Clear. It may be due to deodorant but more likely a clothing dermatitis if you figure in the irritation to the nipple. If you are concerned about topical steroids, your physician can prescribe Elidel, it is non steroidal
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Should he stop using the antiperspirant and use something else?
Expert:  dermdoc19 replied 2 years ago.
I would use something by Almay since it is hypoallergenic.And switch detergents/
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thank you doctor that is very useful advice
Expert:  dermdoc19 replied 2 years ago.
Thank you. I hope it helps.