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Nipple Discharge

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jan 5, 2023.

Nipple discharge is fluid from one or both nipples. Fluid may come out on its own or when you touch your breast or nipple. The fluid may be white, yellow, green, pink, watery, or bloody. Nipple discharge is normal in a woman that is pregnant or breastfeeding. A woman should contact her healthcare provider if she has nipple discharge when she is not pregnant or breast feeding. A man should always contact his healthcare provider if he has nipple discharge.


Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have a fever.
  • You have more breast discharge or it changes color.
  • You have new or worsening breast pain.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.


may be given to control your hormone levels or treat a bacterial infection.

  • NSAIDs , such as ibuprofen, help decrease swelling, pain, and fever. This medicine is available with or without a doctor's order. NSAIDs can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems in certain people. If you take blood thinner medicine, always ask your healthcare provider if NSAIDs are safe for you. Always read the medicine label and follow directions.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell your provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.


  • Avoid touching your breasts or nipples. This may stop or decrease nipple discharge.
  • Wear a tight-fitting bra during exercise. This may prevent your nipples from rubbing against clothing or leaking fluid.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

You may need to return for more tests. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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