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What are some possible causes of rashes on the breast?

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  • Breast infection, also called mastitis, from breastmilk trapped in the breasts
  • Inflammatory breast cancer
  • Intertrigo, which happens when the skins under your breasts rub together
  • Paget’s disease, a rare skin disorder
  • Nipple eczema
  • Hives
  • Psoriasis
  • Scabies
  • Shingles
  • Yeast

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: “Inflammatory Breast Cancer.”

UpToDate: “Patient education: Common Breast Problems (Beyond the Basics.)”

Mayo Clinic: “Breast Rash: Causes,” “Breast Rash: When to see a doctor,” “Mastitis: Causes,” “Mastitis: Definition,” “Mastitis: Symptoms,” “Mastitis: Tests and diagnosis,” “Mastitis: Treatment and drugs.”

National Breast Cancer Foundation: “Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC).”

Cancer Research UK: “Can itching be a sign of breast cancer?” “Paget’s disease of the breast.”

Breast Cancer Care: “Benign Breast Conditions,” “Intertrigo (rash under the breast).”

The Royal Women’s Hospital: “Nipple Eczema Dermatitis.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC).”

Merck Manual (Consumer Version): “Breast Infection.”

BreastCancer.org: “Diagnosis and Staging of Inflammatory Breast Cancer.”

Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health: “Diagnosis and Management of Candida of the Nipple and Breast.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Hives,” “Scabies,” “Shingles: Overview.”

CDC: “Psoriasis.”

Merck Manual: “Candidiasis (Yeast Infection).”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on March 17, 2019

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: “Inflammatory Breast Cancer.”

UpToDate: “Patient education: Common Breast Problems (Beyond the Basics.)”

Mayo Clinic: “Breast Rash: Causes,” “Breast Rash: When to see a doctor,” “Mastitis: Causes,” “Mastitis: Definition,” “Mastitis: Symptoms,” “Mastitis: Tests and diagnosis,” “Mastitis: Treatment and drugs.”

National Breast Cancer Foundation: “Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC).”

Cancer Research UK: “Can itching be a sign of breast cancer?” “Paget’s disease of the breast.”

Breast Cancer Care: “Benign Breast Conditions,” “Intertrigo (rash under the breast).”

The Royal Women’s Hospital: “Nipple Eczema Dermatitis.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC).”

Merck Manual (Consumer Version): “Breast Infection.”

BreastCancer.org: “Diagnosis and Staging of Inflammatory Breast Cancer.”

Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health: “Diagnosis and Management of Candida of the Nipple and Breast.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Hives,” “Scabies,” “Shingles: Overview.”

CDC: “Psoriasis.”

Merck Manual: “Candidiasis (Yeast Infection).”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on March 17, 2019

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