Don’t underestimate the condition of itchy nipples, especially to the point of being scaly and burning – The condition of the nipples that feel itchy certainly often interferes with comfort. Although often considered trivial, in fact there are a number of causes, both mild to severe, that can trigger itchy nipples.

Health experts say that itchy nipples can be caused by dry skin, stress to a sign that someone is entering menopause. This condition, if left unchecked, can cause the nipple to become inflamed.

“It’s not uncommon for the nipples to become a place of skin inflammation. The skin (the breast) is thin and prone to dryness, low humidity. Stress of any kind can trigger itching,” said dermatologist in North Carolina, Beth Goldstein as broadcast LivestrongWednesday (14/9/2022).

According to the Mayo Clinic, dry skin is also often associated with conditions such as eczema. Cold and windy conditions can also dry out a person’s skin, just as a heater absorbs moisture from the air.

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Taking too long a warm bath can be another cause, as hot water can strip the skin of natural oils that hydrate the skin.

On the other hand, other causes of itchy nipples are also due to allergic reactions when the skin comes into contact with irritants. Starting from the influence of detergents, soaps, lotions, or even starting to use a different type of fabric.

If the skin around the nipple is red, itchy, swollen, scaly or even burns, it may be due to a case of contact dermatitis, according to the Cleveland Clinic.

Meanwhile, medical adviser in Ohio, Kimberly Langdon explained that another cause of itchy nipples is pregnancy.

Hormonal shifts and skin stretching during pregnancy can make a person more susceptible to itchy and sensitive skin, including on the nipples, according to Dr.

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According to him, mild itching during pregnancy is usually nothing to worry about, but pay attention if the itching becomes intense, especially when a person is trying to sleep.

The reason, it can be a sign of cholestasis of pregnancy, a serious complication that requires medical attention.

Menopause can also make a woman’s nipples itch. When the body’s estrogen levels drop, the skin becomes drier and thinner, making it more prone to itching and irritation.

Itchy nipples are usually not a sign of a major health problem. Even so, this condition should not be underestimated because there is a possibility that an itchy or scaly breast rash can be a sign of breast cancer.

This is no exception for signs of inflammatory breast cancer or Paget’s disease, notes Dr. Goldstein. These cancers are rare, but if nipple or breast symptoms don’t go away, it’s important to get them checked out. [ANTARA]

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