Itchy or scaly nipples can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'troubling' to 'generally fatal'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose itchy or scaly nipples, we could:
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Are your nipples itchy or scaly (with flaky skin)?
Possible responses:→ Don't know
→ Yes, slightly
→ Yes, severely
Very rarely, eczema of a nipple can signal a cancerous growth beneath. This is uncommon, but is a good reason to see your doctor if you have eczema on only one nipple. It occurs mainly in middle-aged or elderly women. It is not usually itchy, but there may be a pricking or burning feeling.
Itchy, scaly and cracked nipples are a sign of eczema. The itching can make this an embarrassing condition. It occurs mainly in women in their late teens, and usually affects both nipples. It may be only on the nipple, or may affect the flatter area surrounding the nipple (the areola). Scabies should also be ruled out.
A special kind of breast cancer, Paget's disease, may appear as a rash or irritation of the nipple.