I need a cure for my weird nip­ples

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Q

The dark skin around my nip­ples is full of lumps and they’re get­ting big­ger. They’re ugly. Can’t I shrink them?

Lu­ciana, Leeds

A

This ring of skin around your nip­ple is your are­ola, and th­ese lumps sound like are­o­lar glands, or Mont­gomery’s tu­ber­cles. They pro­duce oil which lu­bri­cates your nip­ple and helps pre­vent in­fec­tion, par­tic­u­larly if breast­feed­ing. The glands en­large dur­ing preg­nancy, so if yours have re­cently en­larged, take a test!

If one gland be­comes very swollen or red, it could mean block­age and in­fec­tion – but oth­er­wise, it is nor­mal.

Non-oily mois­turiser and a skin cleanser for blocked pores might re­duce the lumps. If you can’t live with them, a small cos­metic op can shave them off.

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