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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How to treat dry and cracked nipples?

Query: Hello doctor, I have dry, cracked nipples and not sure if it is normal.  Read Full »


Dr. Payal Chauhan

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Looking at the photograph (attachment removed to protect patient identity), there can be two differentials, nipple eczema or Paget's disease of the breast. Pagets is a more severe condition out of this, so I would recommend a s...  Read Full »

Will breast pain in a breastfeeding mother resolve on its own?

Query: Hello doctor, I have pain in my right breast. I have this pain for the past three days, and the pain is a kind of sharp shooting pain inside the breast from the armpit until the nipple. Currently, I am breastfeeding a 23-day-old baby. I am currently on postnatal vitamin C.  Read Full »


Dr. Payas Joshi

Child Health Specialist, General Practitioner, Paediatrician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to iclinic.com. I would like you to examine and see if there is just pain or tenderness to touch. At times there is breast engorgement, which may cause pain. Are you feeding the child from both breasts? Both breasts should empty milk so that they do not get engorged. Also, see if...  Read Full »

I have a sharp stabbing pain inside my breast.My mom has breast cancer.Do I have cancer?

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

Family Physician, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist, Infertility Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »

What causes very high hCG levels in pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 31 years old. I had two miscarriages around 9 and 8 years ago. My last 6-7 periods were heavy and had a lot of pain. A lot of my family members had fibroids. So, I thought the same in my case too. Two months back, I got my last period, and as usual, it lasts 5-7 days, 28-29 days cycl...  Read Full »


Dr. Richa Agarwal

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your history and understand your concerns. I feel sorry about your loss. It is most likely a molar pregnancy (benign tumor developing in the uterus) because hCG levels are quite high (human chorionic gonadotropin) and it is inside the uterus. Most l...  Read Full »

Why do my nipples hurt?

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


Dr. Aamir Mohd

Family Physician, General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Internal Medicine Physician, Radiologist

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 »

I was on Nexplanon and I did not get last three months period. What to do?

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. Jimesh H Mavani

General Practitioner, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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...  Read Full »

My breasts are dry, itchy and painful. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 36 year old unmarried girl. I am experiencing itching and pain in my nipples and areola upon scratching. During my periods, my breasts pain for a day or two and the pain subsides by itself. Now as it is winter, my breasts were dry, and I applied cold cream and vaseline. They are...  Read Full »


Dr. Meeta Airen

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You probably have extreme dryness on nipples. Because of scratching, excoriation and infection may occur which is causing pain. You need to apply antibiotic as of now and then keep it lubricated. Please consult a dermatologist in person for management. Regarding pain be...  Read Full »

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

Internal Medicine Physician, General Medicine Physician, HIV AIDS Specialist

Answer: Hi, Welcome back to icliniq.com. 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 th...  Read Full »

My nipples are hurt very badly. How long will it take to become normal?

Query: Hi doctor, My partner pressed my nipples very hard multiple times. It was very rough. My nipples are hurt very badly. I am facing a huge amount of pain in my nipples. Is this a serious issue or just normal? Please answer I am very much tensed. How long will it take to become normal?  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad M. Hanif Md.

Cardiologist, Criticalcare Physician, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your worries and this pain is all natural, due to intimate circumstances observed with your partner. It will resolve soon with time and may take a couple of days to a week for the pain to vanish. But, if it is unbearable, you can take Tablet Acetaminoph...  Read Full »

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