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Nipple Discharge

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What do I need to know about nipple discharge?

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 breastfeeding. A man should always contact his healthcare provider if he has nipple discharge.

What signs and symptoms may happen with nipple discharge?

What causes nipple discharge?

How is nipple discharge diagnosed?

Tell your healthcare provider about your symptoms. He or she may feel your breast for lumps or swelling. Tell him or her about any medicines that you take. You may need any of the following tests to find the cause of your nipple discharge:

How is nipple discharge treated?

Treatment will depend on the cause of your nipple discharge. Medicines that cause nipple discharge may be stopped or changed. Medicines may be given to control your hormone levels, decrease pain, or treat an infection. Avoid touching your nipples or breast. This may stop or decrease discharge from your nipples. Wear a tight fitting bra during exercise to decrease rubbing on your nipples.

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

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