Ten days ago a red and very itchy spot appeared on the areola of my left breast. It looked and felt like a bee sting. I went to see a dermatologist who diagnosed eczema and gave me cortisone. Using the salve, the itching stopped quite immediately, yet the skin still looks thicker than normal. Woudn't a skin problem have disappeared after a week ? I am worried about having a Paget carcinoma, since I read that this special form of breast cancer is often mistaken for an eczema and appears on one breast only. How can I differentiate between Paget and eczema? Thank you for your time.
Dear tide: Time will differentiate between the two. If it is eczema, it may be helpful to attempt to identify if something is a trigger for this (new bra?, new detergent? new soap, perfume?). Give it a bit more time to heal totally. Breasts stay pretty covered up so it may take more than a week to heal. Paget's disease is uncommon. If this is still there in two more weeks, consider having it looked at again.
Having had eczema for 23 years, I can tell you the patches that flare up under clothes (breasts, stomac, legs) - are ongoing -- with patches lasting for months, on occasion. It is controllable -- but cannot be cured.
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