Bloody Nipple Discharge

What is Bloody Nipple Discharge?

Nipple discharge is the leakage of fluid from one or both the nipples. Post-pregnancy, it normally happens, due to lactation. However, when nipple discharge has blood in it or is unusual, it is a c...

Symptoms

The symptoms of this disease include:

  • Bloody or coloured discharge
  • Discharge comes from only one breast
  • Discharge without compression/squeezing

Causes

Causes of this condition could include:

  • Pressure on the nipples from a tight bra.
  • Inflammation of the breast ducts.
  • Injury to the breast.
  • Small growth in the breast that is usually not cancer.
  • Non-cancerous breast tumours.
  • Severe hypothyroidism.
  • Widening of the milk ducts.

Risks

Nipple discharge is one of the most common breast complaints. Approximately 50% to 80% of women face this problem in their reproductive years. It can leak one or more drops of fluid. This could be a symptom of breast cancer

Prevention

The following can be done to prevent nipple discharges:

  • Avoid cracking of the nipples.
  • Avoid use of tobacco products and quit smoking.
  • Lose weight.
  • Clean the breast and nipple regularly

How is it diagnosed?

The healthcare provider will first determine if the discharge is from a single breast or both. Nipple discharge from both is nearly always benign, and is likely due to changes such as ectasia.

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How is it treated?

While diagnosis of the cause of nipple discharge, our doctor will recommend the following ways to manage it:

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When do I contact the doctor?

One should immediately contact a doctor, if they begin to face symptoms such as infection, inflammation in the breast ducts, and bloody discharge. 

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