Q. Suddenly my nipples are swollen and boobs are tender. Why?

Answered by Dr. Sanjay Kumar Bhattacharyya and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

 

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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.


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Suddenly my nipples are swollen and boobs are tender. Why?
 

Dr. Sanjay Kumar Bhattacharyya
MBBS., DCH., MD[OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY
Obstetrics And Gynaecology

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 handling of your breasts is another issue.

Just apply some hot compress over your breasts and put them in tight undergarments all the time. If the pain is more, you can avail Paracetamol 500 mg tablets as and when necessary basis.

For further doubts consult an obstetrician and gynaecologist online -->https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/obstetrician-and-gynaecologist

 
 
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Frequently Asked Questions


1. Why Do My Nipples Hurt?

Nipple pain can be due to either normal physiological or because of some disease condition. The normal conditions involve pregnancy, breastfeeding, premenstrual syndrome, periods, poor fitting or tight clothes, sexual activity. The pathological conditions are skin conditions (eczema or dermatitis), mastitis, yeast infection of breast, breast cancer, paget’s disease.

 

2. What causes swollen nipples in females?

The swelling is common and normal during periods, pregnancy, breastfeeding or while using oral contraceptives, or exposure to cold or stimulation. The other condition that causes swelling and needs doctor’s attention include mastitis, breast cancer.

 

3. Can swollen nipples be a sign of pregnancy?

Yes, due to the hormonal changes, the nipples are swollen. Also, for future breastfeeding to the baby.

 

4. How do you get rid of swollen and sore breasts?

The treatment depends on the underlying cause. If it is due to hormonal, you can take pain relievers like Ibuprofen, Paracetamol for symptomatic relief. For infection, appropriate antibiotics. For breast cancer, the doctor will guide you accordingly.
Apart from this, you can do the following:
Maintain hygiene.
Wear proper fitting or supportive bra.
Place a heat or cold pack covered by cloth over the breasts for relief.

 

5. Can stress cause swollen breasts?

Yes, it can. Especially if you have lumpy or fibrocystic breasts, the stress can aggravate the pain due to hormonal changes.

 
 

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