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When it comes to dry and cracked nipples, it is often associated with women who breastfeed. But that’s not the only cause. Women who do not breastfeed also experience this condition. Undoubtedly, nipples are one of the most sensitive parts of our entire body, so a simple mistake can make them prone to irritation, resulting in itching, dryness and flaking.
Having itchy and dry nipples can also sometimes be embarrassing as well. So to discuss this problem, HealthShots got in touch with Dr Rinky Kapoor, Consultant Dermatologist, Cosmetic Dermatologist and Dermato-Surgeon, The Esthetic Clinics, who explained all about this condition.
Dry nipples are very common in both men and women. Most of the time, this issue is temporary and can be easily resolved with little care and lots of moisturizing.
If your nipples get dry and itchy, it’s natural to wonder the worst. But you can have a sigh of relief. If you’re not experiencing abnormal nipple discharge, you’re good to go. Otherwise NOT. And you need to visit a doctor immediately.
When the nipples are dry or chaffing, you might experience dry and itchy skin and in some cases, there might be pain around the nipple area. The chafing and dryness usually increases during the winter months.
Dr Kapoor said, “You can, of course, keep the area moisturized to prevent dryness, but a better and long-term solution is to treat the root cause of the problem.” Find out what is causing dryness! For example, is it your workout clothes that are rubbing against your nipples? Then a simple solution is to wear softer clothes. It is also possible that you are allergic to the nipple cream or lotion you use and get cracked, dry nipples or even eczema.
Whatever the cause may be, this might even result in pain and no one wants to experience it for a prolonged period of time.
Dr Kapoor shared some popular remedies that can prevent and treat dry nipples:
Follow these tips and you’ll be fine.