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    Default Nipples & Itching

    For a few months, I have had horrible eczema (in various places including my breasts). I saw a dermatologist who prescribed a steroid cream that I'm too nervous to use on my breasts. The areolas below my nipples (where DD's chin goes) has been oozing/bleeding. Now i also have a small crack at the base of one nipple that bleeds a little when i pump.

    Googling has told me that it could be Paget's disease, but that's unlikely since it's both breasts. Or it could be trush. DD's mouth looks fine though. It's most likely eczema that's driving me crazy... But I'm wondering if i should go to a different doctor for another opinion? Who should i even see?
    ~ Megan

    Mommy to Alex (born 2/27/11) and Katie (born 3/31/14)

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    Default Re: Nipples & Itching

    if it is eczema, I've heard doing an oatmeal soak/bath can be soothing

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    I think that in this situation, I would try treating this as thrush. If things improve with treatment, then it was thrush. If not, you try another avenue. Treat the baby, too. It's common for one member of the nursing pair to be asymptomatic, though both are infected.

    What are you doing for the eczema aside from the steroid cream?

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    Default Re: Nipples & Itching

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mommal View Post
    I think that in this situation, I would try treating this as thrush. If things improve with treatment, then it was thrush. If not, you try another avenue. Treat the baby, too. It's common for one member of the nursing pair to be asymptomatic, though both are infected.

    What are you doing for the eczema aside from the steroid cream?
    I'm using coconut oil to help with the dry skin and eczema.

    What kind of doctor do I see for thrush? My OB and the pediatrician?
    ~ Megan

    Mommy to Alex (born 2/27/11) and Katie (born 3/31/14)

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    Yup, OB and/or pediatrician, since they are likely to be more familiar with thrush in the breast than your GP.

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