Nipple fissure

Overview

Nipple fissures typically occur in runners and surfers, from chafing against clothing or the surfboard. It also occurs in women who are breast-feeding.

Symptoms

Symptoms include soreness, crusting, oozing, and bleeding of the nipple tissue.

Treatments

Purified lanolin or a hydrogel dressing can soothe cracked nipples and help them retain moisture. If the nipple becomes infected, a topical antibiotic may help.

Last Updated Jun 13, 2017


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