Is this a sign of mastisis or skin irritation? (pics included)

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Saturday December 4th, 2010 @ 10:42 AM

Filed under: Nipple

I originally got my nipples pierced July 29th (almost 4 months) I’ve cleaned regularly with H2Ocean spray & have had no problem. A couple of days ago I noticed my piercings became itchy. Than they sort of became dry & I noticed it only is dry & itchy near the top of the areola & not near the barbells or fistulas. In the pic you can see its sort of red and irritated at the top of the areola. So is this an infection, mastisis, or just a simple irritation. Keep in mind the cold is starting to come in & maybe I just need to moisturize? I don’t know. Please help!!

Is your piercing, like, a mile-and-a-half back into your areola, or is it just that picture? I can’t even tell from that picture. The placement looks incredibly shonky to me!

I’m never super keen to play Amazing Kreskin Internet Diagnosis games, to be honest, my advice is to go see a GOOD piercer - maybe not your original piercer, if your piercing placement is as much of a barrel of wonkies as it looks to me - and ask them what they think. I will say that it doesn’t SOUND infected as such, and that it’s probably just a normal healing nipple piercing thing - a good chamomile soak and some emu oil may well be the very thing to settle your piercing down. But if YOU (original poster and all of our many readers) think your nipple piercing might be infected, PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT ASK THE INTERNET - mastitis is no joke. Go get it looked at ASAP!

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4 Responses to “Is this a sign of mastisis or skin irritation? (pics included)”

  1. Just to reinforce the point about nipple infections- THIS IS NO JOKE. I have had a handful of clients over the years develop mastitis, and in all of the cases, I’m almost certain that a lot of discomfort and drama could have been avoided if these people acted sooner. If you develop a hard spot ANYWHERE in your nipple or breast tissue, or if the area begins to feel hot to the touch, GO TO YOUR DOCTOR ASAP (especially if you develop a fever or feel under the weather). You CAN keep your piercing- you just need to treat the infection so it doesn’t have a chance spread like wildfire (which it will). And don’t forget- this can affect women AND men, and it can happen no matter how long you’ve had the piercing- even years later! Don’t be afraid to get nipple piercings, just pay attention to your body and be smart.

    Just needed to get that out :)

    Cj on December 5th, 2010 at 10:40 pm
  2. If you have not seen a doctor and been screened for breast cancer you need to do so immediately. What you are describing can be symptoms of early stages of breast cancer. Most importantly Do NotPanic, just get it checked out. Best of luck, hope it isn’t breast cancer but just a bit of an irritation to something boring bless you stay well.

    Shezza on December 14th, 2010 at 9:25 am
  3. the skin of your areola on the left of the piercing (9 o’clock to 1 o’clock) looks swollen and “unhealthy”

    I think you should immediately show it to a specialist

    agree with “Cj” - specialist should be a doctor if it becomes painful or if you get fever

    barcode on April 4th, 2011 at 5:00 pm
  4. Good quality report!

    Brandy Câmara on September 11th, 2011 at 9:22 am

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