If you have itchy or dry nipples, there are a variety of reasons that may be the cause. There are also many ways that you could better your situation. You may find that this situation may be a mild irritant in your daily life, or they may also be indications of more serious concerns.
There are four main reasons that you may be experiencing this irritation. While there are possible treatments for these conditions, it is important to seek the help of a medical professional if you experience unusual symptoms.
Chemicals, Clothing and Environmental Considerations
Chemicals, specifically those used in some clothing detergents and soaps, have the potential to irritate or dry out your skin. Additionally, repeated exposure to things such as chlorine for swimmers or dirt for agricultural workers can have the same influence on your body.
The material and airflow of your clothing can also have an effect on your skin as well. Because nipples are so exposed to the rigors of the movement of your clothing, you may find that they need time to relax. Because of this over stimulation, nipples may because itchy or sore. Through a lack of airflow and freedom, they may be less able to produce their natural oils and sweat.
Extreme and unusual weather, especially during the seasons of winter and summer, can influence your body as well. Extreme cold could influence your body in many ways, and one of these ways is by producing less natural oils. Heat works the opposite way. Instead of reducing production of your body’s natural defense, it can over work your body until the glands become exhausted. Additionally, intense heat and sunshine can cause your nipples to become dry or itchy as well.
There are several conditions that can lead to itchy or dry nipples. These all can be addressed by a medical professional if you determine that it would be beneficial for you to do so. Irritation may also be caused by other conditions, so it may be wise to speak to your dermatologist about these and other potential concerns.
This condition is typified by the layers of dry, dead and drying skin. This build up can occur anywhere on the body, even the more sensitive areas of the body. It is likely that psoriasis will occur on other areas of the body as well.
Due a lack of hormone production, natural oils and sweat may not be available at normal levels. Dietary and exercise changes may help, however it may be wise to speak with a medical professional regarding such concerns. Hypothyroidism will likely have other symptoms as well.
Similar to psoriasis, but caused by different body influences, eczema also has the capacity to cause itchy or dry nipples. Eczema caused is an overactive immune system which can lead to the same symptoms. It is likely that eczema will be present elsewhere on the body.
A condition that may be a result of allergies or irritation. This can be caused by chemicals, as discussed earlier, or other influences such as rough materials, allergens or other causes. It is also likely that contact dermatitis will be seen on other areas of the body as well.
Dry and itchy nipples may also be caused by pregnancy and its effects on the body. There are two main potential causes of irritation due to pregnancy. Though there may be other influences as well, so it would be wise to speak with your practitioner to better determine your situation.
Firstly, due to the enlargement of the breasts for milk production, the skin will potentially stretch to its maximum degree. The areola and nipples will be stretched and possibly irritated at this time. Stress will also influence the attention that you may pay to itch spots, dryness and other unpleasurable sensations, which can further worsen the problem..
Secondly, an infection due to mastitis, which enables bacteria to thrive within the skin of the nipples, could be the cause. Breaks, tears, build ups or clogs may also be a factor in the irritation of the nipples. It will be beneficial for the health of the mother to have this taken care of during routine appointments with the health care provider.
While likely not probable, it is possible that breast cancer may be the cause of itchy or dry nipples. It is important to never self diagnose, so it would be beneficial to make an appointment with a doctor if you are concerned about cancer. Symptoms may likely include a lump in the breast, leakage and potentially itchy, scaly buildup around the areola and nipples.
While many treatments may require a visit to a medical professional, there may be options that can taken without consultation. If itchiness, dryness and irritation continue for extended periods of time or increase in intensity, it may be advisable to speak with a doctor. In the meantime, there are several options that you can take.
If you find that your irritation is due to an infection, then it may be wise to take an anti-biotic. Fungal infections are also possible, so it may be helpful to use a fungal cream to alleviate unpleasant sensations. Whatever course of action you take, it may be wise to consult a doctor if results are not seen in a reasonable amount of time.
2. Lotions and Oil
The use of lotions and oils, such as coconut oil or almond oil, may relieve dryness and itchiness. Lotions may be helpful as well, but keep in mind that scents and abrasive chemicals should be avoided as they may exacerbate the problem. Monitor your experiences to determine if there is any positive effect for your usages. It may be possible that the underlying problem was solved, but there is also potential that the cause may still need to be addressed.
It is possible that these sensations may be caused by things that you can control. Changing the material of clothing that you wear may reduce symptoms. Additionally, reducing chemical contact from detergents, pools, dyes and allergens may help as well. Extreme heat, cold or dryness may also influence the situation, so it may be wise to monitor this potential culprit as well. It may be beneficial to take notice when and where the irritation reaches its most vexing point, and from there you can determine the most effective course of action.
It is wise to take a second look at any medication, medical procedures and medical practices that may be influencing these sensations as well. Speak with your medical practitioner about any side effects that may be caused by drugs or procedures. They will have additional information regarding symptoms and influences. Keep in mind that if your home remedies are not sufficient that it is always beneficial to speak with a doctor. Additionally, if any home remedies cause the problem to increase, it would be wise to cease self treatment immediately.