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Galactorrhea

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

Galactorrhea is a milky discharge from your nipples. When you are not pregnant or breastfeeding, galactorrhea may be a sign of other conditions. The discharge may leak on its own, or it might happen when your breasts are touched. Galactorrhea is more common in women, but it can happen in men and infants also.

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Return to the emergency department if:

  • You develop a fever.
  • You have bloody nipple discharge.
  • Your vision gets worse.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • Your breasts become swollen and tender.
  • You become irritable and you do not feel well.
  • You have severe thirst and urinate large amounts often.
  • You develop dizziness, weakness, and fatigue.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

You may need more blood tests to check your hormones. You may need to see a specialist. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Self-care:

Avoid breast stimulation. Wear loose clothing, and do not squeeze or rub your breasts. Stimulation signals hormones to produce the milky discharge.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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