Causes and Treatments for Dry Nipples
Both men and women may experience nipple problems. Depending on the cause, the nipples may feel itchy or painful, and the skin may appear chapped or flaky.
Most dry or itchy nipples are harmless and temporary. Causes range from friction to hormonal change. Dry nipples in women can be related to pregnancy and breastfeeding.
In rare cases, nipple changes may be associated with breast cancer or Paget’s disease of the breast, so it’s important to know the warning signs.
What causes dry nipples?
The following sections discuss possible causes and other symptoms.
Looking in the mirror in the bathroom, the woman may be a little worried about dry nipples.
Friction can cause a person’s dry nipples.
Nipples are a very delicate tissue area on the human body.
Nipples may be dry and cracked when rubbed on clothing or other objects. This can occur during exercise or during sexual activity for both men and women.
When the nipples are rubbed, a person will typically encounter dry, cracked nipples with some pain on or around the nipples.
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Eczema refers to a group of inflammatory skin conditions. The most used term refers to a condition called atopic dermatitis.
Hormonal fluctuations during the menstrual cycle can affect breasts and cause tenderness, dryness and itching in some individuals. This is due to natural changes in the levels of estrogen and progesterone in the body.
Dryness or itching associated with the hormone is not a cause for concern and is likely to disappear later in the menstrual cycle.
Paget’s disease and cancer
Paget’s disease of the breast is a rare condition associated with breast cancer.
It causes a dry and scaly rash on the nipple, and some people make mistakes for eczema. Paget’s disease usually indicates that a person has breast cancer underneath.
Breast cancer will typically affect only one of the nipples.
The main symptoms of Paget’s disease are:
- Rash or scaly skin on the nipple that does not heal
- Yellowish or bloody breast discharge
- Suddenly an inverted nipple
- Tingling or itching around the nipple
- Although breast cancer affects men, it is more common in women.
- According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, less than 1 percent of total breast cancer cases occur in men.