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Blocked Mammary Gland Duct

"A blocked mammary gland duct is otherwise known as mammary duct ectasia or breast duct ectasia, which occurs due to a blockage in the milk duct. When the milk duct under the nipple becomes clogged with fluid, the ducts can become broader and thicker. It is a non-cancerous condition, and there is no risk of developing breast cancer. The symptoms are breast tenderness, redness, green or black colored discharge, and inverted nipple. It is treated by taking antibiotics, painkillers, and surgery.

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Please give some idea about the painful sore on my nipple.

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 16 year old girl. Today I found a whitish sore on my nipple that hurts when anything touches it. I have no idea what it is. It is on the top of my areola and is white. It feels like there is some tissue underneath and very painful. I thought it was a pimple, but it is not. Previousl...  Read Full »

Dr. Jeremy David O' Kennedy

Answer: Hi, Welcome back to Thanks for your question. The areola and the areolar border is filled with modified sebaceous glands, called glands of Montgomery. They produce sebum, like those that form part of all your hair follicles. Thus they are prone to keratotic plug formation and then the...  Read Full »

I am 23 weeks pregnant with build-up on the nipple. Is it a nipple infection?

Query: Hello doctor, I am about 23 weeks pregnant. About five years ago, I had my nipples pierced and had got an infection in the right one. Due to infection, I took them out. The doctor told me to clean them due to build up. So, every other day or whenever I feel, I used to clean them. Well, from the last...  Read Full »

Dr. Dattaprasad Balasaheb Inamdar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Normally, nipple discharge should easily come out on pressing it. If the secretions have accumulated and are unable to come out, it generally indicates a blocked duct. Though infection might not be present at an early stage, it might set in if the duct remains blocked for...  Read Full »

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