Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Overview Underlying Cause Anatomy

Breast Tenderness Overview

What is breast tenderness?
A person with breast tenderness has pain or discomfort in the breast when pressing on the breast. Tenderness may occur in the nipple, skin, or underlying tissue of the breast. Mild tenderness may be caused by small benign tumors, while severe pain is caused by injuries or infections, such as mastitis.

What are the symptoms of breast tenderness?
Common symptoms of breast tenderness include breast lumps, breast pain, and nipple discharge.

How does the doctor treat breast tenderness?
Treatment for breast tenderness depends on the underlying cause. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications may be used for pain control. Antibiotics are prescribed for breast infection. Minor breast surgery may be performed to remove a breast lump and test it for cancer.

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