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Sore Nipples

Nipples are very sensitive, and they can become sore or hurt due to various reasons. Some of the common causes in both men and women include tight clothes, skin rashes, and infections, which irritate the sensitive skin of your nipples. Menstruation, pregnancy, and breastfeeding are the usual causes of sore nipples in women.

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My periods are delayed despite using contraception. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I had Nexplanon in for six months and had a period on it for three months straight. But, I did not get period for the last three months. I had it removed before 20 days and no period still. While on it, I would throw up and even after having it removed, I puked. Since being removed, my n...  Read Full »

Dr. Mavani Jimesh Himatbhai

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Nexplanon is a progesterone having implant (Etonogestrel). After insertion, the menses can be irregular or even stopped for 6 months to almost 1 year. But, if you had not gotten your period since last three months and you had regular intercourse, then you should do a ur...  Read Full »

Though my pregnancy tests are negative I am still experiencing signs of pregnancy. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a female of 23 years and have PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome). I have been experiencing pregnancy symptoms like nausea, nipple sensitivity, cravings, and delayed period by five days but pregnancy tests are negative. I know chances are I am not pregnant but I have never had the sy...  Read Full »

Dr. Sanap Sneha Umrao

Answer: Hello, We welcome you to icliniq family. I appreciate the confidence you place in me for your healthcare consultation. I have gone through your case and I understand your concern. It is common to get delayed periods in PCOS. As per your description, these are not actually pregnancy symptoms, thes...  Read Full »

Redness and tenderness in nipple with a bump under skin. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a small area of redness and tenderness above and around the top of my left nipple. It is painful to touch and has a small bump under the skin (not a superficial, but a few layers under). The lump is quite hard. We were recently swimming in freshwater rivers and ocean, and hiking i...  Read Full »

Dr. Magesh Thirunavukkarasu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It looks like erysipelas, that is called the superficial skin infection. It would be helpful if you have had any recent laboratory investigations, complete blood count analysis ESR CRP that would be very helpful. I will advise you to apply Mupirocin ointment twice daily...  Read Full »

Does vasoconstriction occur due to an allergy to antihistamines?

Query: Hi doctor, I am having major vasoconstriction problems. I would like to know if my daily antihistamines intake is causing this problem. I am taking Loratadine and Fexofenadine hydrochloride daily for allergies.  Read Full »

Dr. Naval Mendiratta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I would like to know in detail, what you mean by vasoconstriction problems? Is it affecting your hands or your feet or anywhere in the nasal bed? Do you experience any bluish discoloration of the nails or hands? Do you have any pain in the hands or feet? Do you have ul...  Read Full »

How can I cure sore nipples caused by bites during breastfeeding?

Query: Hello doctor, I would like to know how to treat nipple bite wounds caused by feeding. How long does it takes to heal? Thanks.   Read Full »

Dr. Khushbu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Nipple wounds can be extremely painful and uncomfortable. Here are some suggestions to help you heal your nipples faster to prevent future biting: Soak the nipples in warm salt water for three minutes after feeding or pumping. This can be r...  Read Full »

I suffer from hard and sore nipples for a week. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am experiencing sore nipples that have been consistently hard and painful for about a week. I am neither breastfeeding nor pregnant. The soreness is constant, even everyday activities like brushing against clothes cause discomfort. I am uncertain if this is a serious issue or if I mi...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query and can understand your concern. Persistent sore and firm nipples over the past week without additional symptoms may indicate nipple irritation or nipple eczema (skin inflammation on the nipples). These issues often affect individuals who wear...  Read Full »

I have a white discharge from my breast after my periods. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 19-year-old female, and I have a long-term boyfriend who I am sexually active with. At the beginning of the month, we had unprotected sex, but he did not ejaculate inside of me or otherwise, and then, about two days later, I got my period. A couple of days ago, I noticed some white ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hi,Welcome to thoroughly read your query and understand your concern.I can provide some general information that may be helpful. If you are experiencing changes in your breasts, it is necessary to test to determine the underlying cause. While breast discharge can have various causes, i...  Read Full »

I started feeling sharp stabbing pain in my breast. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am an 18 year old female. A few days ago I noticed that my left breast was very tender. Yesterday morning I started feeling sharp stabbing pain inside my breast near the nipple every hour or so. Yesterday night I started to feel the pain 10 times worse and more frequently. I also not...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Invasive ductal carcinoma at 18 years of age is unlikely even though you have a history in family recently. The pain in the left nipple area which had a sudden onset in last few days and have been decreasing with a localised redness around nipple goes more in favour...  Read Full »

What causes swelling in tits?

Query: Hello doctor, Just as of today my nipples have got swollen and my boobs are tender to touch. It started less than an hour ago. I had headache all day. As far as I am aware, I am not sure what is going on? I never had this issue before. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Sanjay Kumar Bhattacharyya

Answer: Hello, Welcome to A swollen nipple as well as tender breasts can occur if you are just before your cycle. If so, it is quite normal. It is due to the temporary hormonal fluctuation inside you. Otherwise, taking hormonal contraceptive pills could be a reason. Hard sex with rough handl...  Read Full »

I had unprotected sex with my partner. Am I pregnant?

Query: Hi doctor, My partner and I had sex five days after my period a week ago. He did not use any protection. For the past one week, we had sex like four times. Right now, I feel my nipples are getting sore, especially when I try to touch it and I do have cramps below my belly button. Is this a sign of p...  Read Full »

Dr. Ravinder Kaur Khurana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If you had a regular menstrual cycle of 28 to 30 days, then your fertile period starts from day 8 to day 18 of your cycle. Starting from five days after your periods, you had sex four times for a week, which means until day 12 of your cycle, which falls in the unsafe ...  Read Full »

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