What Causes Nipple Retraction and Is It Treatable?
Nipple retraction is a common symptom of mastectomy or radiation therapy. The cause of this condition is not known but it may be caused by several factors such as: 1) Radiation exposure 2) Chemotherapy 3) Surgery 4) Cancer 5) Other conditions 6) Unknown 7) Unspecified 8) Acute infection 9) Infection 10) Medications 11) Other 12) Not known 13.) You!
The following are some of the possible reasons for the above mentioned: 1) Radiation exposure
Radiation treatment is usually given during surgery. A doctor uses a powerful X-ray machine to examine your body.
Sometimes a radioactive isotope called polonium is used in this procedure. Polonium decays over time and can lead to cancer if ingested or inhaled. However, there have been cases where polonium poisoning was detected after surgery without any signs of illness at all.
Chemotherapy is a type of medicine that fights cancer cells. Chemotherapies include: cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan), doxorubicin (Doxil), etoposide (Etoposide), gemcitabine (Gemzar), ipilimumab (Infliximab), leucovorin (Leucovan).
Chemotherapy can also sometimes result in severe side effects such as: 1) Nausea 2) Vomiting 3) Loss of appetite 4) Hair loss 5) Weakness 6) Pain 7) Painful mouth 8) Stomach pain 9) Skin damage 10) Fatigue 11) Muscle pain 12) Depression 13) Shortness of breath 14) Fever 15) Itching 16) Loss of hair 17) Changes in vision 18.) Unusual bleeding 19.) Enlarged organs 20. Decreased white blood cell count 21. Low platelet count 22. Infertility 23.) Fatigue 24.) Malnutrition 25.) Decreased immunity 26.) Serious infection 27. Other signs and symptoms
Surgery is a medical procedure used to treat or inspect the inside of a patient’s body. Surgery can also be used to remove or bypass a tumor, cyst, or other bodily structure.
If a person has had any type of surgery, it is important to tell the doctor about any symptoms or complications you experience after the procedure. One of the serious complications of surgery is Retractile Nipple.
Cancer is the abnormal growth of tissue in your body. It can be found anywhere in your body including the skin, organs, and even some surfaces such as the bladder or cervix.
Depending on where it is located, the signs and symptoms may vary. The following are some signs and symptoms of cancer: 1) Abnormal bleeding 2) Trouble breathing 3) Difficulty eating or feeling full 4) Changes in bowel movements 5) Swelling 6) Weight loss 7) Fatigue 8) Feeling unwell 9) Numbness 10) Hair loss 11) Changes in vision 12) Pain 13) Cough 14) Difficulty swallowing 15) Joint pain 16) Chest pain 17) Hearing problems 18.) Unusual lumps 19.) Difficulty speaking 20. Night sweats 21. Itching 22. Hoarseness 23. Red or brownish spot on the skin 24. Changes in color or size of a mole or freckle 25. Unusual vaginal bleeding 26. Swelling 30. Difficulty walking 31. Weight loss 32. Bone pain 33. Shortness of breath 34. Black or tarry stools 35. Extreme tiredness 36. Fever 37. Chills
There are several other reasons why you may experience the above mentioned side effects. These include: 1) Allergic reaction
An allergic reaction occurs when your immune system reacts in a negative way to a foreign substance such as pollen or peanuts. Allergies can cause asthma symptoms, skin rashes, itchy eyes, and other signs and symptoms.
If you are experiencing an allergic reaction, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. 2) Pregnancy
Pregnancy is the growth of a fetus inside of a woman’s uterus. During this time, women may experience nausea, vomiting, frequent urination, fatigue, and many other side effects.
If you believe you are pregnant, contact your doctor immediately. 3) Drug interactions
There are several medications which can cause side effects such as confusion, drowsiness, shortness of breath, and irregular heartbeats. Before taking any new medication or supplement, it is important to talk to your doctor about the potential side effects.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, seek medical help immediately by calling 911.
The treatment for the side effects listed above will vary depending on the symptoms and the cause. If you experience blurred vision after taking a new medication, stop taking the medication and seek medical attention immediately by calling 911.
1) General advice
a) Seek medical attention immediately by calling 911 if you experience any of the following symptoms:
1) Trouble breathing or shortness of breath 2) Extreme pain 3) Chest pain 4) Severe dizziness or fainting 5) Difficulty walking 6) Sudden loss of vision 7) Sudden hearing loss 8) Severe headaches 9) Strokes 10) Severe abdominal pain 11) Difficulty speaking 12) Convulsions 13) Blue skin 14) Bluish or purplish coloration of lips, fingernails, or tongue 15) Extreme fatigue 16) Difficulty urinating 17) Sudden changes in vision 18) Sudden changes in hearing 19) Abdominal swelling 20) Difficulty swallowing 21.
Changes in walking ability 22. Vomiting 23.
Changes in personality 24. Loss of consciousness 25. Coughing blood 26. Difficulty breathing 27. Difficulty speaking 28. Severe pain in the arms or legs 29. Sores that will not heal 30. Sluggishness 31. Headaches 32. Excessive tiredness 33. Nausea 34. Fever 35. Stomach pain 36. Sneezing 37. Difficulty walking 38. General pain 39. Unusual bruising 40. Heavy sweating 41. Eye pain 42. Heart palpitations 43. Unusual bleeding 44. Recent Infection 45. Sensitivity to light 46. Sneezing 47. Changes in vision 48. Difficulty swallowing 49. Dizziness 50. Loss of balance 51. Hearing loss 52. Painful or swollen joints 53. Swelling of arms or legs 54. Excessive weight gain 55. Severe coughing 56. Chest pain 57. Loss of appetite 58. Severe muscle pain 59. Eye swelling 60. Mood swings 61. Swelling of the eyes 62. Skin rash 63. Coughing 64. Itching 65. Sluggishness 66. Headache 67. Difficulty focusing 68. Muscle spasms 69. Fever 70. Changes in vision 71. Mood swings 72. Confusion 73. Hoarseness 74. Painful swelling 75. Sore throat 76. Difficulty breathing 77. Chest pain that spreads to the arms, neck, or jaw 78. Difficulty breathing 79. Difficulty swallowing 80. Unconsciousness 81. Painful urination 82. Bloody diarrhea 83. Pain in the arms or legs that will not go away 84. Extreme fatigue
b) If you have any additional questions or concerns, please call your doctor or 911.
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2) If your child experiences any of the following symptoms:
1) Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath 2) Pain or Swelling 3) Coughing blood 4) Difficulty walking 5) Blue skin 6) Mood swings 7) Changes in personality 8) Unconsciousness 9) Difficulty swallowing 10) Changes in walking ability 11) Sluggishness 12) Excessive tiredness 13) Loss of balance 14) Changes
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