Why Is My Nipple Burning?
The reason why your nipples are burning is because you have a yeast infection. Yeast infections are common during pregnancy and after childbirth. They’re caused by certain types of bacteria called Candida albicans. These bacteria thrive in warm, moist environments like those found in the mouth or nose. When these types of bacteria multiply too much they produce toxins which cause inflammation and irritation of the skin cells. The irritation causes redness, swelling and itching. This type of irritation can occur anywhere on the body, but it’s most commonly seen in the area around the nipples.
How Common Are Yeast Infections During Pregnancy?
Pregnant women are at risk for yeast infections because their bodies aren’t able to fight off these types of infections as well as they could if they were not pregnant. Yeast infections are usually diagnosed when they start showing symptoms. Symptoms include:
Redness, swelling and itching of the affected area
Itching that isn’t gone within a few days (sometimes even up to two weeks)
Numbness or tingling sensation in the affected area
If left untreated, these types of yeast infections can lead to scarring and loss of tissue. Scarring can result in deformities such as spina bifida.
How Do You Treat A Yeast Infection During Pregnancy?
When you start noticing symptoms of a yeast infection, your doctor should be contacted immediately. Your doctor will most likely prescribe an over-the-counter or prescription anti-fungal medication. Because your body isn’t able to fight off these types of infections as well as it typically would, a prescription medication may be needed in order to completely get rid of the infection.
If your anti-fungal medication comes in pill form, be sure to take the entire prescription. Not finishing your prescription could cause the infection to come back even stronger. It’s also important to keep the area as dry as possible and wear loose clothing. If you would like to wear a bra, be sure it’s made out of cotton (or some other non-synthetic material). Synthetic fabrics can cause yeast to thrive and should be avoided if at all possible.
If the infection is severe enough and doesn’t respond to over-the-counter medication, your doctor might have to give you a prescription for an IV treatment. When this happens, you will need to be hospitalized so that the staff can monitor you and your baby. These types of yeast infections are very common in premature babies because their immune systems are not strong enough to fight them off.
What If You Are Not Pregnant?
You may have a yeast infection and not even realize it. If you are sexually active, you could be passing the bacteria back and forth with your partner. Other causes of yeast infections include:
Taking antibiotics, especially when they’re not needed
Wearing clothing that doesn’t allow your skin to “breathe”
Using public pools or hot tubs
It isn’t always clear how women get yeast infections, but once you have had one the symptoms tend to disappear. If you are prone to yeast infections, avoid wearing tight clothing and washing your genital area with perfumed soaps. Both of these can cause small scratches on the skin which give yeast an opportunity to take hold.
If your symptoms persist for two weeks, you should contact your doctor to get tested.
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