Infection Of Nipples

Nipple infection presents with breast soreness and throbbing pain. Other symptoms include pus discharge, cracking, and redness of the nipple. The most common organisms causing nipple infection are Staphylococcus aureus and Candida albicans. Women who are lactating, diabetic, and immunocompromised get such infections. Breast cancer also presents with similar symptoms at times. Systemic and topical antimicrobial help treat the infection of microbial origin.

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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 las...  Read Full »


Dr. Dattaprasad Balasaheb Inamdar

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

Why do my nipples hurt?

Query: Hello doctor, What can cause sore nipples in females?  Read Full »


Dr. Aamir Mohd

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Soreness of nipples might be due to the following reasons: It is most common just before your menses like three to four days before the start of your menses. If you are feeding your baby, that is, during lactation, soreness of nipples might occur. If you are taking...  Read Full »

There is dryness and cracks on nipple. How to get relief?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a mother of two - 1.7 months and 4 months old. I am currently breastfeeding the younger one. I have a problem with my right breast which makes me doubt if it is something related to cancer. Nowadays it is getting really dry and there appear cracks on my nipple. I used Avalon nipple...  Read Full »


Dr. Arshad Hussain Shah

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I do not think it is related to anything serious issue. During breastfeeding, it is common to have nipple infection which causes cracks, pain, dryness, etc. So, it is better to avoid feeding the baby from the affected breast for three or four days and keep it clean...  Read Full »

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