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Nipple Discharge Overview

What is nipple discharge?
A person with nipple discharge has fluid draining from the nipple of the breast. Common causes of nipple discharge include pregnancy, puberty, medications, mastitis, and galactorrhea.

What are the symptoms of nipple discharge?
Symptoms of nipple discharge may include a clear discharge, a milky discharge, nipple tenderness, nipple retraction, and breast swelling.

How does the doctor treat nipple discharge?
The treatment for nipple discharge depends on the cause. Treatment for nipple discharge may include a support bra, nipple cleansing, warm compresses, topical antibiotics, oral antibiotics, or surgery.

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Last Updated: Feb 10, 2010 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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