Itchy, scaly boobs - help!
March 8, 2010 3:53 PM Subscribe
Itchy, scaly areola on both breasts. I can't get to a doctor until mid-April at the earliest. Help?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (16 answers total)
Within the last month, I noticed an irritation on my right areola, to the left of my nipple. I assumed it was a pimple or a hair follicle, as I've had both on my boobs before. It was a little bit itchy, and in a few days it was feeling kind of scaly/flaky as well. Clearly it was not a pimple.
Shortly thereafter, my left breast's areola began get scaly and itchy as well. Fast forward to today, and both of my areolas (areoli?) are reddish and scaly/flaky. They do itch, but not constantly - only when I'm changing clothes, drying after a shower, or tossing and turning in bed (I usually sleep without a shirt). Essentially, only when the nipples have been rubbed against (but not in a sexy way!)
I'm 22, a virgin, and no one but myself and my doctor have been touching my boobs. The last time I was at a doctor was last March, and it was my obgyn. There was no problem then.
Other info that may or may not be relevant:
-recently started going to the gym 2-3 times a week. I haven't showered there or used any shared towels, and I don't think I do enough to have any sort of irritation. however, it's in the same time period.
-haven't really changed my diet at all.
-it's winter where I live, so it could be just dry skin?
-I haven't changed soap, perfume, or detergent recently.
I plan to see a doctor about this, but with my work schedule, the soonest I can get to one is in mid-April. (Unless of course the overwhelming response is run to a doctor NOW, in which case I can maybe take an hour off of work one day.) Bonus question: do I see a general practitioner, an obgyn, or a dermotologist?