Itchy, dry patch of skin on breast...

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Amber

Nashville, TN

#1 Aug 22, 2006
I was wondering if anyone else has dealt with this problem. For a few months, I've become a bit paranoid about this small area on my breast, right above my nipple. I just looks like a dry patch of skin, but it makes my nipple and breast itch all the time. I was reading about Inflammatory Breast Cancer and I've gotten extremely scared. Could anyone tell me what this might be and ease my mind a bit?
Michelle

Oxon Hill, MD

#2 Mar 13, 2007
I have the same exact thing.
ava

Chicago, IL

#3 Apr 22, 2007
Its probably your sports bra, after bathing put vaseline on it.
Julie

Mississauga, Canada

#4 Apr 26, 2007
I have the same condition now and I was wondering if you found out what is the issue.
Laurrie

Shirley, NY

#5 May 5, 2007
Does anyone else in the WORLD have this?? I have dry, flaky skin on my breast. It goes from just about under my nipple to the bottom of my breast. I saw my OB/GYN for my annual, and he told me it's probably nothing. It worries me because I am also getting profound red lines from my nipple to the bottom of my breast. i'm scared it might be an infection in my blood because my sister had the same thing when she was my age. Any advice, or tips would be SO appreciated.=) thanks
Cindy

AOL

#6 May 7, 2007
I also have this. It started on one side and now moved to both. The itching can be intense, especially in the shower. I was treating it with hydrocotisone cream and it seemed to keep it at bay, but I ran out and now its getting bigger and has a raised red line around it.

I have done research and cant seem to find out anything.

Id love to find an answer.

If I do, Ill post it.
Lucy

AOL

#7 May 8, 2007
You all, please see your doctor or a new doctor and also, please google Padgets Disease of the breast. It's probably nothing but it could be serious.
Cindy

AOL

#8 May 15, 2007
Thank You Lucy. I checked out websites on Padgets, but it seems like with Padgets the dryness starts with the actual nipple and rarely is in both breasts. Mine is in both now and does not affect the nipple.

Im thinking this a type of fungal infection. Ive started using a antifungal cream and it seems to be helping.

Ill post back in a week or so and let you know.
Michelle

Bolingbrook, IL

#9 May 16, 2007
I have this problem, saw my ob/gyn last week, she sent me for a mam & u/s. Both looked fine. Then last night called and is sending me to a breast surgeon for a second opinion. I also have had intense intching and sharp shooting pain in same breast and a period where the skin was so sensitive that any slight touch sends you through the ceiling back in 2005. I was told it was shingles without the vesicles. Any thoughts?
Lucy

AOL

#10 May 17, 2007
You might also want to look up Seborrheic keratosis. Mine did not look like the dark mole, they have in the pictures. That is what mine turned out to be. They had to take a biopsy of it. I had tried the antifungal creams thinking it was ringworm but that didn't clear it up. It itches like crazy too. Finally after a year I went to see the doctor about it. I'm lucky it wasn't anything serious. I hope you figure out what yours is!
Naomi

United States

#11 May 19, 2007
Amber wrote:
I was wondering if anyone else has dealt with this problem. For a few months, I've become a bit paranoid about this small area on my breast, right above my nipple. I just looks like a dry patch of skin, but it makes my nipple and breast itch all the time. I was reading about Inflammatory Breast Cancer and I've gotten extremely scared. Could anyone tell me what this might be and ease my mind a bit?
Did you ever find out what it was? I have the same thing.
Naomi

United States

#12 May 19, 2007
Did you ever find out what it was causing it to itch and have the dry patch? I have the same thing.
Cindy

AOL

#13 Jun 3, 2007
Well, I had a mammogram and it came back normal.

The antifungal cream seems to have helped, but its not cured yet.

Lucy, I'm looking that up next.

I have to say, it is nice knowing Im not the only one with this strange condition.
NAWLINS

New York, NY

#14 Jun 15, 2007
I HAVE THE SAME THING. MY MOTHER THOUGHT IT MAY BE CERIOSIS. MY DOCTOR GAVE ME A PRESCRIPTION FOR STERIOD CREAM THAT I JUST STARTED USING. I WILL LET YOU KNOW IF IT WORKS
Diane

Toronto, Canada

#15 Jun 22, 2007
I have the same thing too!!! Last year in the left breast then it went away but I itched so much it left a scar. Now the itchiness started again three days ago in the right breast...again have itched too much and a part of the skin has broken open! I'm thinking it's definitely my bra!!! Any comments?
jeannie

Cape Coral, FL

#16 Jun 23, 2007
i get these red itchy bumps on my breasts from time to time. it itches so bad sometimes i feel like going crazy. i told my sister and she says it is probebly nothing. i dont know if its the bra i wear, or if theres something wrong
Crystal

United States

#17 Jul 25, 2007
ava wrote:
Its probably your sports bra, after bathing put vaseline on it.
hi, i just saw your message, did the vaseline help? please let me know, thanks

Since: Jul 07

Kingston, PA

#18 Jul 25, 2007
I have something similar, but it's just peely skin, sorta like a mini-sunburn. Doesn't bother me at all though... : /

Since: Jul 07

Cambridge, MA

#19 Jul 25, 2007
Hey Everybody!

I know exactly what it is!! Most young adults get it, and dont worry its not fatal. read below and there are many treatments including some over the counter like lotrimin or lamisil.

What is tinea versicolor?

Tinea versicolor is a fungus infection that commonly affects the skin of young people, especially the chest, back, and upper arms and legs. It doesn't usually affect the face, though. This fungus produces spots that are either lighter than surrounding skin or reddish-brown. There may be just a few spots or many.

What causes tinea versicolor?

Tinea versicolor is caused by a fungus that lives in the skin of almost all adults. This fungus exists in two forms, one of which causes visible spots. Factors that can cause the fungus to become more visible include high humidity and immune or hormone abnormalities. However, almost all people with this very common condition are perfectly healthy.

Because the tinea versicolor fungus is part of the normal adult skin, this condition is not contagious. It often recurs after treatment, but usually not right away.

When tinea versicolor produces lighter-colored spots, it may take up to several months for the color to even out between skin areas that are affected and not affected. It always eventually does, however. Tinea versicolor does not leave permanent skin discoloration.
Anon

Woodstock, GA

#20 Sep 30, 2007
Thank you sanDO1. You have helped me greatly with pinpointing my skin irritation. I thought the skin patches were ringworms but they were not raised and circular. They are all over my neck and have started to appear on my chest. I have looked up Tinea Versicolor and I hope the suggested solutions to help rid the patches work. Thank all of y'all for voicing your concern.

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