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Breast Itch & Nipple Discharge

in:Women’s Health by LadyBugpublished:02 Oct 2020, last updated:04 Feb 2021

Breast Itch or Rash

Breast itch/rash is most commonly due to skin irritation (eg eczema, or mild allergic reaction to clothing/ dye/ detergent). Even lotions, perfumes, or sweat may irritate the skin over the breast area.

Simple tips:

  • Use a mild body soap and cool-tepid water for showing; gently pat dry. Apply a thin layer of moisturiser
  • Wash bras with a mild detergent, and rinse off thoroughly
  • Consider placing cotton pads in the bra cups to keep the area dry, and minimise contact with potential allergens (perfume, scented creams, etc)
  • If you have eczema, you may consult your usual dermatologist to get advice on how to manage this acute flare
  • If the rash is bloody/”weeping” (having yellowish sticky discharge): please consult a doctor to check if a steroid ointment is suitable
  • If there is pus/fever: please consult a doctor as soon as possible
  • If the rash if persistent after 2 weeks, consider seeing a specialist (skin or breast) for further evaluation

As a breast specialist, Dr Tan Yia Swam will assess the pattern of the itch/rash, and do the necessary tests to confirm that it is not due to cancer. This may involve a scan, and biopsy for certain patients.

Nipple Discharge