Itchy or Painful Breasts: Treatment and Possible Causes

· January 20, 2016
It is vital to know the cause of any itching in the breasts, as it may be due to minor reasons, like the kind of bra we use, or it may be due to more serious causes.

A female’s breasts are very delicate. So, if you are a woman and something is amiss with your breasts, you should definitely pay attention. Itchy or painful breasts are both very common symptoms but can have different causes. Regardless of the possible causes, however, it is very important that you consult with your doctor to get an adequate diagnosis and find out if there is a serious problem.

Itchy or painful breasts can be a minor issue, but they can also mean that something very serious is going on. This is precisely why it is so important for women to know the possible causes of these symptoms, regularly perform breast self-exams, and see a doctor upon noticing anything out of the ordinary.


Possible Causes of Itchy or Painful Breasts

Painful Breasts

Breast pain can occur before or during your menstrual period, which is a response to the hormonal changes produced during this cycle. This being the case, a good option is to relax your breasts with a massage, using essential oils such as evening primrose, chasteberry, Garden Angelica (also known as wild celery or wild parsnip), Andean Maca or sage.

Itchy or painful breasts can also be caused by mastitis, which is an infection that often occurs during breast-feeding. This problem occurs due to inflammation of the breast tissue, and is usually accompanied by other symptoms such as fever and fatigue. In cases of mastitis, the common treatment method includes taking antibiotics. However, it can also be treated naturally by using an infusion of thyme, for example, which should be applied directly onto the nipple.


Last but not least, another possible cause that we need to discuss is inflammatory breast cancer. This type of cancer is not common. When it does occur, though, it’s usually accompanied by symptoms such as itching, swelling, pain, and redness because the breast becomes full of lymphatic fluid. If this is the case, a specialist is the only one who can make an accurate diagnosis and suggest the most appropriate treatment method.


Itchy Breasts

Itching in the breasts normally occurs as an allergic reaction to certain components in chemical products such as detergents, deodorants, perfumes o chemical agents derived from those products which have some type of contact with the skin. For this reason, it is very important to have in mind what type of products could be in contact with your skin and which may be causing an allergic reaction.

Lack of hydration in the skin of the breasts is another of the reasons why they may itch. It is important to hydrate this part of the skin using, for example, vegetable oil, hydrating cream or Shea butter.

Shea butter

Itching in the breasts is also one of the first signs of pregnancy. This symptom is usually accompanied with a slight pain that is caused by increased blood supply to the area, especially in the nipples. This symptom usually decreases as the body become accustomed. While waiting you can treat the symptoms with compress applications of Calendula (Marigold) infusions.

If the itching is only in one part or in only one of the breasts, the causes could be in the mammary gland or connective tissues of that breast. It is very important to be aware of any other symptoms such as pain, tumors or nodules, changes in the shape of the breast or secretion of liquid from the nipple, since these could be signs of an infection in the breasts or fibroadenomas, benign cysts or breast tumors.

Finally, itching in the breasts could be due to a bra that is too tight or due to a bra that is made from some type of fabric that causes an allergic reaction in your skin. If your breasts itch and you have ruled out the previous possible causes, you should test whether the cause is your type of bra.

Treatment for breast pain and itching

The treatment for pain and itching in the breasts should be applied depending on the possible cause. If the problem stems from the skin, it may be enough to provide it with proper hydration to reduce these symptoms. If the symptoms are due to an infection or a more serious problem, it is important to see your doctor since it is most likely you will need drug treatments and/or professional medical examinations.