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Painful Nipple Overview

Another name for Painful Nipple is Breast Pain.

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

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

How does the doctor treat breast pain?
Treatment for breast pain 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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Last Updated: Dec 7, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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