7:40 am - 04/25/2012

white bump in nipple

Hello, everyone!

I have a breast health question that I haven't been able to find an answer to by searching on my own, so I'm hoping you wonderful VPers can help.

I have a small white bump I found about a week ago, right in the center of my nipple. It looks very much like a pimple come to head. Does anyone know what this could be?

If it were on my areola, I would just assume that it's a plugged-up sebaceous gland, but it's right in the center of my actual nipple. It's not painful, other than where I've prodded at it a bit too much in the name of investigation.

Most of the info I've found online for similar problems is about milk blisters. It almost sounds like that's what it is, but, I'm not breastfeeding!

I am not currently pregnant, I have no children, and I've never breastfed. I'm 27 years old with no family history of breast cancer.

Any insights would be much appreciated!
tornattheelbo 25th-Apr-2012 12:04 pm (UTC)
i get what appear to be montgomery's tubercules and for whatever reason some of mine fill with whitish goo. I suspect it could be just soughed cells and maybe remnants of milk production like 10 years ago ( i didn't stop producing colostrum until about 5 years ago) but every once in a while one forms a true biz pimple and I usually pop them (because i am like that)

people will tell you not to pop them, and you probably shouldn't, I just can't resist, really.
sunshinesarah 25th-Apr-2012 12:56 pm (UTC)
Yes, I am having a hard time keeping myself from picking at it! Probably helps that it's in a spot that makes picking difficult.
yespleasespace 25th-Apr-2012 02:00 pm (UTC)
I think I get something similar. They produce a little bit of white discharge if you gently squeeze them. My doctor told me it was normal discharge, caused by hormonal fluctuations or maybe my birth control pill. She said leave it alone--squeezing the nipples too much will cause more discharge.
sunshinesarah 25th-Apr-2012 02:01 pm (UTC)
Good to know! I've been on HBC/the pill for 6 or 7 years and have never seen this before, but I'm sure it's a possibility. Thank you!
kaberett 25th-Apr-2012 02:00 pm (UTC)
I get this too (have for years!) and had been wondering about an explanation! I look forward to reading the comments :-)
sunshinesarah 25th-Apr-2012 02:01 pm (UTC)
Glad to know I'm not the only one! :)
anowyn 25th-Apr-2012 03:51 pm (UTC)
I have had these since I was 16 or so. Before I went on HBC squeezing my breast would cause a LOT of milky discharge to come out. They ran tests on it and found nothing abnormal. Now that I'm older only one breast discharges occasionally and both nipples have those white bumps. I don't think they're anything to worry about. I wouldn't squeeze or pick at them constantly, but like others have said, it's kind of hard to resist!
anthylorrel 25th-Apr-2012 08:29 pm (UTC)
I have these all over my nipples. My doctor said it was hormonal related and not to worry about it.
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