Why Do My Breasts Itch Inside?

The Short Answer from a breast expert

Why Do My Breasts Itch Inside?

Q: Why do my breasts itch inside?

A: Breast itching is not uncommon. Although it is not typically a sign of breast cancer, any breast symptom should be evaluated by a healthcare provider to be sure.

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Itching may develop following breast surgery or cancer treatment. But assuming you have not had previous breast problems, it may be a sign of dry skin or minor inflammation. Using a good moisturizer such as Lubriderm® can help.

If the itching is truly “inside,” it might be helpful to stop caffeine. You can also try an herbal supplement called evening primrose oil, 1000 milligrams twice a day for three to four months, to try to “calm down” breast tissue.

The one thing I would worry about is if the nipple itself looks abnormal — reddened, flaky or ulcerated.  A rare form of breast cancer, called Paget’s disease, can present in this way and may cause itching.

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Holly Pederson, MD, Director, Medical Breast Services

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Holly Pederson, MD

Holly Pederson, MD, is a Staff Physician and Director of Medical Breast Services at Cleveland Clinic’s Breast Center.
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