Eczema is an uncomfortable condition no matter where it occurs, but certain locations on the body present additional challenges. Proper eczema nipple care is important for anyone affected by flare-ups in that area. Nipples and the tissue surrounding them are extremely sensitive, often amplifying the painful, itchy irritation associated with the condition. Eczema is most often found around the face, neck, arms, hands, legs, and feet but can occur in other locations. Eczema on the nipple isn’t a specific type of eczema, but it can be more uncomfortable than in other locations. Thankfully it’s fairly rare. If you’re faced with eczema nipple, there’s plenty you can do to mitigate your symptoms. There is no cure, but with proper care, you can limit eczema’s impact on your life. Eczema Nipple The condition presents as an itchy, red, scaly rash on the nipple. It’s sometimes also found on the areola, the darker circle of skin surrounding the nipple. People of every gender and age may face eczema on the nipple, though it’s more common in children under five. For most kids, it will clear as they grow up. Eczema isn’t contagious. If you’re a breastfeeding mother, you don’t have to worry about passing the condition to your child (though there is another consideration you’ll want to be aware of, which we talk about later.) Eczema appears to have both a genetic and an environmental component. If eczema, asthma, or hay fever run in your family, or if you have a history of allergies, you’re more susceptible. You may also be sensitive to external irritants that can trigger a flare-up if they come into contact with your skin. Look here for more on the nuances of eczema. Talk to Your Doctor to Confirm an Eczema Nipple Diagnosis Eczema of the nipples and areolas isn’t dangerous, and it isn’t contagious. However, many conditions can share features with eczema nipple, two of which are more serious. Paget’s disease of the breast and inflammatory breast cancer are two rare forms of breast cancer that can resemble eczema. Talk to your doctor if you suspect your nipple eczema might be something more. Be sure to mention eczema on your nipple to your doctor if you’re actively breastfeeding. Your nipples are far more likely to crack and become infected because of the eczema-weakened tissue. This can lead to mastitis, an infection of the milk ducts, which brings with it breast pain, discharge, and other issues. Treating Nipple Eczema at Home External and internal factors can trigger eczema flare-ups. If yours results from external allergens or irritants, try and steer clear of them as much as possible. If you’re having a flare-up, favor loose, cotton clothing that doesn’t make direct contact with your nipples or areolas. Rubbing and scratching, in general, can exacerbate the problem and lead to a painful infection. Keep the area clean and moisturized. A complete routine for dry skin, like Dr. Eddie’s Happy Cappy Happy products, provides the basis for proper eczema nipple care. Our specially-formulated shampoo and body wash cleanses gently, without harsh cleansers or fragrances that can irritate the skin. Keep baths and showers under ten minutes and favor lukewarm water. After bathing, carefully dry your nipples, and then apply our hypoallergenic moisturizing cream anywhere you’re experiencing a flare-up. It will help your skin retain precious moisture while strengthening its critical barrier function. Consistent eczema nipple care isn’t a cure, but it can keep flare-ups to a minimum and speed healing.