Breast rash

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Definition

Breast rash describes redness and irritation of the skin on your breast. A breast rash can also be itchy, scaly, painful or blistered.

Other terms used to describe a breast rash include dermatitis and hives.

Causes

Most breast rashes have the same causes as rashes occurring elsewhere on the body. Some rashes occur only on the breast.

Causes of rash that occur only on the breast may include:

  • Breast abscess
  • Inflammatory breast cancer
  • Mammary duct ectasia
  • Mastitis an infection in breast tissue that most commonly affects women who are breast-feeding
  • Nipple dermatitis
  • Nipple piercings or other body art, such as tattooing
  • Paget’s disease of the breast
  • Radiation dermatitis

General causes of rash that can affect any part of the body, including the breast, include:

  • Atopic dermatitis (eczema)
  • Candidiasis (especially under the breasts)
  • Cellulitis (a skin infection)
  • Dermatitis
  • Hives and angioedema
  • Psoriasis
  • Scabies
  • Seborrheic dermatitis

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