Redness in the breast is a very common complaint. This condition, which is often seen as a result of allergic reactions, can be caused by breast inflammation or a symptom of important diseases such as cancer. For this reason, when symptoms such as stiffness, redness, swelling in the breast are noticed, a General Surgery specialist should be consulted immediately.
What are the symptoms of breast rash?
Breast Infection (Mastitis)
Mastitis is a condition in which the breast tissue is infected with pain, swelling, temperature increase, and redness. This condition, which is usually seen in breastfeeding women, can also occur in women who are not breastfeeding. Symptoms of inflammation in the breast can be listed as fever, chills, weakness, nausea, breast swelling, pain, redness, and temperature increase.
Abscess in the breast
The abscess is usually caused by a bacterium called Staphylococcus aureus that is commonly found on normal skin. Abscesses are the cause of 20% of the causes of redness in the breast. If there is a cyst in the breast and it is infected, it may become abscessed, and symptoms such as pain, redness, temperature increase can be seen.
3.Inflammatory breast cancer
Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) is a rare and aggressive type of breast cancer that occurs when cancer cells block lymph vessels in the breast skin. IBC differs from other forms of breast cancer because it usually does not form a mass or tumor tissue.
Although most breast cancers start in the form of mass stiffness, inflammatory breast cancer manifests itself with a feeling of heaviness in the breast and redness and inflammation on the skin without a lesion in the breast. Symptoms of this type of cancer are similar to a breast infection called mastitis. However, while mastitis responds to antibiotic treatment, inflammatory breast cancer symptoms do not regress with antibiotic treatment.
When the lymph vessels in the breast skin are blocked by cancer cells, symptoms such as redness, warmth, pain, and swelling occur. In addition to these, other symptoms such as a painful mass in the breast, nipple discharge, an orange peel appearance on the breast skin, swelling in the armpit lymph nodes, and flattening of the nipple are also observed.
Nipple eczema can cause a rash on one or both nipples and surrounding areas. Nipple eczema is usually common in 5 to 6 months after birth. Burning and breast itching during breastfeeding are common symptoms in lactating women.
Paget’s disease of the breast
Paget’s disease of the breast is a rare type of cancer that occurs in the skin of the nipple, and the dark-colored part called the areola around it. Most women with Paget’s disease also have one or more tumoral lesions in the breast tissue in the same breast. The disease progresses with symptoms such as itching, tingling or redness of the skin of the nipple and/or areola, exfoliation, crusting or thickening, flattening of the nipple, and discharge.
The skin on the chest is prone to many common and relatively harmless spills. Some common noncancerous rashes that appear on the breasts and other parts of the body include:
- Fungal infections: Fungi on the skin can cause a red, sore, or itchy rash.
- Candida: Candida is a common fungal infection that can appear under the breasts and in other skin folds.
- Allergic reactions: Dermatitis, hives, and skin swelling are often caused by an allergen or irritants that come into contact with the skin. It is possible to develop these rashes if the skin on the breast has been exposed to new fragrances or substances that could cause allergies.
- Diseases such as shingles: The shingles rash is usually very painful and can form a single strip on the body. Shingles can develop in or near the breast area.
These rashes usually don’t just affect the breasts, but they can be in some cases.
When should I see a doctor if I have a breast rash?
Breast rashes or changes do not usually mean a person has breast cancer. The skin can react to several triggers, along with redness, swelling, itching, pain, roughness, or other symptoms. However, Inflammatory breast cancer is aggressive and dangerous, and Paget’s disease can include an invasive type of breast cancer. As a result, any new rash or skin change on the breast should be examined by a doctor. You can consult Natural Clinic via phone or fill the form on our website on 7/24!