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Itchy Nipples

At about the start of July 08 or so my right nipple became very itchy and i absently stratched at it. in a week or so the skin had come off and it is very sore ( if I touch it or it touches my shirt it will burn or sting) and now 3 months later my other nipple is exactly the same. They both excrete a clear fluid all day long adn then sometimes when untouhed they will develop a hard scab. I have found that it seems to be eczema but any help is GREATLY appreciated. I do not want anyone to know as this is private so what can I do besides see a doctor? Is this a condition? Can I heal it myslef?
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Hi,

This could be an allergic reaction, irritation, infection or eczema. Are there other signs or symptoms present? Irritant contact dermatitis is caused by irritation of the skin by products such as creams, gels, soap, detergent or chemicals. On the otehr hand, allergic contact dermatitis is a delayed hypersensitivity to an allergen in a product used on the skin. Try to avoid soap or shampoo on the nipples and hot  showers.  Moisturize nipples with ultra-purified lanolin or sorbolene after shower or bath.  Try to avoid scratching to prevent secondary infection. Otherwise, an antibiotic may be indicated.

It is  important to obtain an accurate diagnosis before trying to find a cure.  It  would be best to have this evaluated further by your doctor for proper management. Take care and keep us posted.
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Okay well you mentioned things like soap, shampoo and showers, I barely even take showers anymore because it makes it irritated and sting. I usually shower 2-3 times a week now just because its so frustrating, what is lanolin/sorbolene and what is it in such as a soap or something. The odd thing is that this is only in the nipples. around the nipples there is nothing, it is not itchy
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Hi,

Sarbolene cream has moisture retaining qualities, and is often recommended for those people with dry, sensitive skins. It combines glycerin with the emollient properties of Mineral Oil.

Lanolin,on the other hand, is used as a cream to soothe skin, as it is hypoallergenic and bacteriostatic.It is used by some breastfeeding mothers on sore and cracked nipples.

I do understand your concerns of not going to the doctor but it would really help if you have this evaluated further especially if it persists longer.
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