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Nipple dermatitis
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Nipple dermatitis

Contributors: Susan Burgin MD, Lowell A. Goldsmith MD, MPH
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Nipple dermatitis is a localized dermatitis of the areola and/or nipple. It is frequently associated with breastfeeding, friction from jogging, and other contact irritants such as soaps, detergents, or chlorine. It is more common in atopic individuals; in fact, nipple eczema is considered a minor diagnostic criterion for atopic dermatitis. It may also be seen in cases of nummular dermatitis. Because nipple dermatitis may mimic Paget disease, if it does not respond to simple therapy with a mild-to-mid-potency topical steroid, a biopsy should be performed.


L20.89 – Other atopic dermatitis

237463009 – Eczema of nipple

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Nipple dermatitis
A medical illustration showing key findings of Nipple dermatitis : Exudative, weeping, Fine scaly plaque, Pruritus, Nipple/areola
Clinical image of Nipple dermatitis - imageId=2792768. Click to open in gallery.  caption: 'A scaly and crusted plaque on the nipple and areola.'
A scaly and crusted plaque on the nipple and areola.
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