Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Nipple Discharge Home Care

Home care for nipple discharge includes:

  • Avoid excessive movement of the breasts:
    • Wear a supportive bra.
  • Clean the nipples gently:
    • Clean twice a day.
    • Use mild soap and water.
    • Do not scrub the skin.
    • Dry the skin.
  • Apply warm compresses:
    • Apply for 20-30 minutes, 3 times a day.
  • Perform a breast self-examination monthly.
  • Take prescribed medications as directed:
    • Don't skip doses of your medication. This makes them less effective.
    • Be aware of the common side effects that may be caused by your medication.

Nipple Discharge Cancer Screening

Regular breast cancer screening is important for all women with or without nipple discharge:

Nipple Discharge Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have a nipple discharge and any of the following:

Continue to Nipple Discharge Outlook

Last Updated: Mar 14, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Nipple Discharge References
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