Learn about skin and nipple changes in the breast so you know when to see a health care provider.
SKIN PUCKERING OR DIMPLING
This can be caused by scar tissue from surgery or an infection. Often, scar tissue forms for no reason. See your health care provider. But know that most of the time this issue does not need treatment.
WARM TO THE TOUCH, RED, OR PAINFUL BREAST
This is almost always caused by an infection in your breast. Rarely it can be due to breast cancer. See your health care provider for treatment.
SCALY, FLAKING, ITCHY SKIN
THICKENED SKIN WITH LARGE PORES
This is called peau d’orange because the skin looks like an orange peel. An infection in the breast or inflammatory breast cancer can cause this problem. See your health provider right away.
Your nipple was raised above the surface but begins to pull inward and does not come out when stimulated. See your health provider if this is new.
Call for an appointment with your health care provider if you notice:
Your health care provider will talk to you about your medical history and recent changes you have noticed in your breasts and nipples. Your health care provider will also do a breast exam. Your health care provider may suggest that you see a dermatologist or breast specialist.
You may have these tests done:
Inverted nipple; Nipple discharge
Updated by: Susan Storck, MD, FACOG, Chief, Eastside Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, Bellevue, Washington; Clinical Teaching Faculty, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.
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