Discharge From Nipples

Nipple discharge is commonly seen in pregnant women and during breastfeeding. But nipple discharge is also seen in non-lactating women, and its color can identify the cause. White or yellow discharge from the nipple indicates an infection. Green color discharge indicates a cyst. If the discharge is clear and present in one breast, it shows breast cancer. If the discharge is present with blood, it suggests papilloma or breast cancer. You can have breast pain, breast size changes, changes in the nipple, and fatigue along with it. Nipple discharge can also occur due to hormonal changes during periods or menopause and intake of birth control pills.

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I have white discharge and red lumps in my breast. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor,I am 44 years old. I have rheumatoid arthritis. I cannot walk, so somebody lifts me every day to the restroom. Recently I noticed a lump on my breast; it is red, and white liquid leaks when pressed my nipples, but I do not have any pain. The shape and texture of the breast are normal. W...  Read Full »

Dr. Albana Greca

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. First, you should consult a physician, as it might be infected like breast nodes (mastitis). In such cases, antibiotics are prescribed. Meanwhile, keep good local hygiene. Do not squeeze that node. Apply alternating warm and cold compresses. I wish fast recovery.  Read Full »

What are the common reasons for nipple discharge?

Query: Hi doctor,I had a cyst in my breast and it was removed before two years. For the last two months, some liquid is coming from the nipple while taking shower. What to do?  Read Full »

Dr. Arvind Guru

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Nipple discharge is not normal in non-lactating women. It is more concerning if it is associated with a lump in the breast, erosion of nipple or comes out by itself without the need of any pressure. So first, we need to rule out breast cancer by doing a mammogram with or...  Read Full »

I have nipple discharge due to high prolactin levels and am trying to conceive for the past two years. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have been trying to conceive for two years now. I also have a nipple discharge due to high prolactin. I did a hormonal profile and HSG recently, and the result shows I have a slightly elevated prolactin. I was placed on Bromegon for 30 days, but my nipple still discharges clear liqui...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I thoroughly read your query and understand your concern. As you have already taken medications for high prolactin levels, still after medication, you are experiencing breast discharge. So, it is better to consult an endocrinologist to either recheck prolactin or it...  Read Full »

I have high prolactin.Will this affect my fertility?

Query: Hi, My doctor said that I have high prolactin, almost 200, but I have regular periods. My periods are regular and usually have an interval of 30-33 days. I do not have any othe menstrual symptoms, other than milky nipple discharge. I take ovulation tests every month and comes back positive on my fer...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. High prolactin levels with galactorrhea (milky nipple discharge other than normal breast feeding) can often cause delayed ovulation and irregular menses. The ovulation kits detect the LH surge and do not exactly tell us if there has been ovulation at all. Ther...  Read Full »

I found a transparent discharge from my nipple when I squeeze it. Is this a serious problem?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 20-year-old female. I found a transparent (clear) discharge from my nipple when I squeeze it. It does not leak spontaneously. It comes when I squeeze my nipples also in a minimal amount. I noticed this for the last two days, and it is still coming when I press it. Is this a seve...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. This discharge should be sent to a laboratory for histopathology. If it is not an infection, it would be breast milk secretions. Are you taking any anti-depressant drugs? Any space-occupying lesion in the brain also can cause this. You need to have a brain MRI (magne...  Read Full »

What does it mean when I get clear discharge from nipples after a miscarriage?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 29 years old. One year back I had a miscarriage. Now I am not pregnant and not feeding. But when I press my nipples white and some times clear secretions are coming. I do not have any pain and I am having regular periods and sometimes 3 days and sometimes 5 days flow will be ther...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepali Raina

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It looks like a clear case of hyperprolactinemia. The hormone prolactin or TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) may be raised. Go for serum prolactin and TSH levels and further treatment will be based on the reports. You may go for a breast ultrasound also just to be more ...  Read Full »

Based on the ultrasound report, kindly let me know the reason for my sister's breast discomfort.

Query: Hello doctor, My sister, aged 38 years, married with two kids, has got an ultrasound done as she was having discomfort in her breasts for a few days. Could you please guide me as to what the ultrasound indicates?   Read Full »

Dr. Ridhi Narang

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. However, I need to know a few things. Since when is she having this discomfort? Does she have any discharge through the nipples? Is there any relation with her periods? Does the discomfort increase or decrease during periods? Has she got her...  Read Full »

Can the itchy signs on my breast be a sign of breast cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, I have two indented lines about 1 inch long across the top of my breast. I noticed them this morning, and they have not gone away. Should I be concerned about this? Is this a sign of cancer?  Read Full »

Dr. Sharoff Lokesh Mohan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. This is not a sign of a breast cancer. So, you should not be worried. Signs of breast cancer include discharge from the nipples, lumps, puckering (tethering) of the skin around the nipple, constant dull aching pain, and a continuous inversion of the nipple. Th...  Read Full »

Why do I have milky nipple discharge when I get emotional?

Query: Hi doctor, I got married three years back and I gave birth to a baby boy two years back. However, due to complications I lost my child in just seven days. I never had breastfeeding session with him as he was in NICU. But, sent milk to him through a tin pot for five days. However, after this unfortun...  Read Full »

Dr. Sanjay Kumar Bhattacharyya

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. First of all, I must tell you to relax. A nipple discharge is not an uncommon phenomenon in non-pregnant woman. A bloody discharge is serious. But milk-like or colorless discharge is often caused by minor problems. Are you on any medicine like antivomiting...  Read Full »

Can a cyst cause breast pain and discharge?

Query: Hi doctor, For the past two months I have had ongoing right breast pain. It first began as sharp stabbing pain that would last only a few seconds. Now I am getting some nipple discharge and burning sensation. When I spoke with my doctor about it, she said it might happen sometimes. I had some blood ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Breast pain, nipple discharge and cysts could be due to hyperprolactinemia. I do not see a prolactin level in your report (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Do you have a family history of breast cancer? Do these cysts develop even when you are of...  Read Full »

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