Okay this is a little embarrassing to ask but I'm not sure where to look for information. I am 21 years old and the mother of 1. For the past couple of months I have been having this thick white discharge that smells kind of like that foul smell from ear piercings coming out of my nipples. It started off clear and I've just recently noticed it getting whiter. More comes out of the left nipple but still some out of the right as well. I also have inverted nipples and I don't know if that has anything to do with it. My significant other and I have been trying to conceive so I don't know if that has anything to do with it but any information you could give me would be absolutely amazing and helpful. Please and thank you for your help.
Without examination confirmation of a diagnosis is tough but there are a few possibilities for your symptoms. First of all,mammary duct ectasia has to be ruled out. It causes one or more of the ducts beneath your nipple to become inflamed and clogged with a thick, sticky substance.
Second possibility is of galactorrhea which is a feature of hormonal imbalance, such as from taking birth control pills, an underactive thyroid gland, tumor (prolactinoma) or other disorder of the pituitary gland and chronic breast stimulation, such as from frequent breast self-exams or sexual activity.
Third possibility is of intraductal papilloma.It is a small, usually noncancerous (benign) growth that projects into a milk duct near your nipple.
Confirmation can be done only after mammogram for which I sincerely advise you to consult a gynecologist.
I hope it helps. It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care and please do keep me posted on how you are doing.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.