Itchy Breasts

Itchy breasts are fairly common in women. There can be many reasons for this annoyance. Most itching is harmless, but in some cases, itching breasts can indicate serious health conditions.


Causes and Remedies for Itchy Breasts

1. Dry Skin

2. Allergy or Environmental Irritation

Exposure to chemicals such as many laundry detergents can activate the immune system causing an allergic reaction and skin irritation. Detergents, soaps and skin care products are often the cause of unexplained rashes.

3. Psoriasis

Psoriasis is not a specific condition of the breast, but rather a part of an outbreak that can span the whole body.

4. Breast Eczema

Breastfeeding mothers are a higher risk because residue from breast milk can cause fungal infections. Wearing tight clothing or bras made from synthetic fabrics can cause breast eczema.

5. Yeast Infection

Breast and nipple thrush is a yeast infection that occurs in the nipple and breast area which is caused by a fungal organism called Candida albicans.

6. Mastitis

Mastitis is an infection of the breast tissue that happens during breastfeeding. Bacteria enters through a break or crack in the skin, causing infection.

7. Inflammatory Breast Cancer

Unlike the more common form of breast cancer, inflammatory breast cancer will not appear as a lump in the breast tissue.

8. Paget's Disease of the Breast

A rare form of cancer, this disease usually starts on the nipple and extends into the areola. Women over 50 are most susceptible.

9. Other Causes

When to See a Doctor

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