3. You may have hypothyroidism
Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) is when your thyroid gland doesn’t make enough hormones to keep your body running smoothly, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Your thyroid is a small gland in your neck with a huge job: It essentially governs your body’s metabolism, meaning that thyroid issues can manifest in myriad ways.
An underactive thyroid can cause dry skin that can lead to itchy breasts, in addition to many other symptoms like fatigue, constipation, thinning hair, and a slower heart rate, the Mayo Clinic says.
When to see a doctor about an itchy breast
Although the itching on your breast most likely stems from a simple cause like dry or expanding skin, it’s possible that there could be a more serious underlying problem.
See your doctor or dermatologist about your itchy breasts if you experience any of the following:
- The itching persists for more than a few days or weeks.
- The itching is extremely intense.
- Your breasts are tender, swollen, or in pain.
- The itching doesn’t respond to treatment.
- A rash appears on, under, or between your breasts.
Breast itchiness without a rash has many possible causes, including dry skin or growing breasts due to puberty, weight gain, or pregnancy.
In some cases, allergic reactions or other underlying conditions may be responsible for the itchiness.
Now, some of you may be asking about the nipples. Well, there are some interesting things you can learn about the nipples that are NOT as serious as breast issues.
1.) The little bumps on nipples are usually harmless.
Take a good look at your nipples and you’ll notice there is quite a bit of texture and bumps. According to ob-gyn Dr. Alyssa Dweck, “This is totally normal.
Those bumps on the areola can be hair follicles, ducts, or oil glands that produce lubricating fluid.” So don’t go squeezing, poking and prodding at them. It isn’t acne. If the bumps are discolored and red, or part of a rash then you should consult a doctor.
According Dr. Dweck, “A rare form of breast cancer called Paget’s disease can present itself as a red bump or rash on the nipple or areola.”
2.) Nipples can be inverted.
Do you nipples retract in instead of point out? Well, don’t be ashamed. You may be surprised to know that according to reports 10-20 percent of women have inverted nipples.
There is nothing unhealthy about having inverted nipples, and in some case, women with inverted nipples experience them “popping out” during pregnancy or stimulation.