For about a week my nipples have been so incredibly painful with huge cracks that will not heal. I have been using lanolin after I feed and it is so painful. I was reading on another thread about thrush and one of the signs was cracks that will not heal. Could this be it? I have used gentian violet before and it is sooooooooooooo messy and stains. Any suggestions on making gentian violet less messy? or an effective alternative? How long does it take for it to clear up?