Breast health often only comes to mind when anxiety about an illness has already arisen, for example, when you feel a pat in your chest.
Even if you don’t have any trouble, it’s good to think for a moment about what’s on your chest.
Even healthy breasts can have different sensations:
1. Itchy nipples
Itching of the nipples, for example, is common. Disturbing discomfort tells of dry skin. Itching can be relieved by greasing your breasts and nipples daily with a regular, odorless body lotion. Too strong creams should be avoided as they may increase the symptom.
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Awkward detergents and external irritation, such as bra arch supports, can also rub on the breasts. If the itching is caused by a rash, hydrocortisone may help.
2. Touch sensitivity
Breast tenderness and sensitivity to touch afflict the majority of women from time to time.
Whistling, pain, or a feeling of weight often occur in the days before menstruation. With intermittent touch sensitivity, it is possible with home braces: you can take cool showers, avoid abrasive clothes and support your breasts with the right size vest.
If the sensations are repeated and become regular, the cause must be determined.
Some medications, such as birth control pills or a hormone coil, can cause significant, life-threatening tenderness or pain. In this case, it helps when changing the character or removing the coil. Pain is rarely a sign of a tumor.
In older people, breasts may also become sensitive. The touch is suddenly uncomfortable or even painful.
There is a natural explanation for this. In some women, the skin of the nipple thins and becomes more sensitive and the touch becomes painful, even the touch can feel bad. This is the physiological change that comes with age and is very individual.
Someone else, on the other hand, experiences breast contact as erotic throughout life.
If Patti is found in the breast, usually the first reaction is frightening: is this cancer now? There is no need to worry right away, as there are many different explanations for patties. Clogging of the milk ducts, which feels like a dense, small pea, is common. It can range in size from a couple of millimeters to a cent and usually disappears on its own.
From here to here, bumpy-looking breasts can be a sign of mastopathy, meaning a change in tissue type.
It is common in older people when the connective tissue of the breast begins to increase and firmness is lost. Mastopathy is not dangerous: patties fall on the grown breast like raisins on a bun. Connective tissue cysts with fluid inside can enter the mastopathic breasts. If the cyst becomes sore, it can be emptied by puncture.
A young woman’s breast is flat and tight because there is a lot of estrogen in her body. After thirty, the connective tissue begins to give up a little. The chest seems to be lowering and there may be lumps that feel like a pat.
5. Bleeding from the chest
Healthy breasts can also sometimes bleed. Chest ducts often become somewhat secreted, which can condense in the nipples at the end of the milk duct and appear as small, yellowish fingers. Some medications, such as psychiatric medications, can cause milk leakage.
Bloody secretions are always a warning sign: breasts need to be examined.
In mammography, the breast is imaged with an x-ray that reveals possible tumors and other changes. After menopause, mammography should be performed regularly. In Finland, free screening is available when you turn 50. There are screenings every two years until you turn 70.
Young women are often examined by ultrasound and mammography is performed only if necessary.
6. Variable size
Breast size also changes throughout life. If you lose weight or gain weight, your breasts may grow or lose their adipose tissue at the same rate. The same goes for having children and breastfeeding. The size of the bra should be checked from time to time. Wrongly sized vests can be a big health hazard.
It’s pretty common not to even try new vests, but always take the same 80C, even if the right size is completely different. Poor vests can cause neck and shoulder pain and eventually hurt your back as well.
Vest needs also change depending on the situation: sports require a different kind than under theater. If you run with a bad vest, you may experience abrasions and inflammation that will require a course of antibiotics.
Watch for stalks
Patti on the chest is usually harmless. However, since the possibility of cancer exists, it is a good idea to examine your breasts once a month. The best time is after menstruation. Go for surveys if:
- Patti is new, painless and doesn’t seem to be moving.
- The skin of the chest or nipple is retracted.
- There is a rash in the nipple area.
- The nipples become a secretion, especially the bleeding is an alarm sign.
- There is a nodule in the armpit that does not disappear in a few weeks.
The expert is Ritva Hurskainen, docent and specialist in gynecology and obstetrics
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