I’m 28 and have 2 toddler aged children. I suffer from chronic urticaria and although I’ve suffered from it for years, I’ve been having a really bad flare up of it for the last few months.
Today I have woken up with a cracked nipple. I have no idea why this has happened. There has been no friction to the area that I can recall.
I’m now worried out of my mind that I could have cancer or something and that’s the reason I’ve been suffering so badly with the chronic urticaria as my body has been trying to fight that.
I can’t go to the doctors until next week so I’m going to be stressed out of my mind until then! I don’t suppose anyone has had cracked nipples and it not be anything serious? Posting here for traffic really. Thank you.
I don't know what you mean exactly by a cracked nipple but I have had, several times across the years, a small patch of irritated skin on one of my nipples. I was very worried and have seen the GP every time - it has been an irritation/eczema and has cleared up with the right cream.
It worries me when it happens but as it has flared up the few times over a period of 18 years I am more confident now the GPs have been right. The skin cracks at the edge and is sensitive - they give me a weak steroid cream. My breasts are hormonally sensetive apparently. I suffer cyclic breast tenderness as well.
Hope that reassures you a bit. You are doing the right thing to go to your GP. I don't know anything about Urticaria but did not want to just leave you worrying alone.
Thank you both. It’s where the nipple meets the areola. It’s a crack round the nipple which goes about a third of the way round the nipple. Thank you so much for replying. Very valid point about the fact I wouldn’t worry if it was my ear. My biggest cause for concern is that my health hasn’t been at 100% for the past 3 months. That’s making me concerned that I’ve got something more serious. These sorts of situations just really freak me out 😢
I'm very prone to skin conditions (including urticaria and PMLE) and I get dry, cracked nipples pretty regularly. Always out of the blue (I think I sometimes scratch it in my sleep which is why I wake up with it). It never occurred to me that it could be anything other than just dry skin.
Still a good idea to see your GP, even if just to set your mind at rest, but I think it's far more likely that it's just an extension of the urticaria than anything more sinister.