Hi there ... My name is Ellen. I am 39, a mother of two, and a hockey mom There is no history of breast cancer in my family.
I have had skin flaking off about a quarter of my left nipple since probably September. I went to my PCM, a DO, the day after Thanksgiving and he suggested I use hydrocortisone cream for a few weeks, and if it didn't clear up that I should go see a dermatologist. He thought it was a skin issue, not any sort of breast tissue involvement.
I sort of blew it off, didn't really worry about it. And yesterday I came across the dermatologist's business card, so I called and I have an appointment on 14 February. Then, I happened to search the web for "nipple skin flaking" and find out that there may be something else entirely going on.
The hydrocortisone didn't help at all. The skin is still flaking off. The texture of the areola in that part has also changed. It's a little red, too. And only one breast is involved. I also have been through a course of antibiotics for a dog bite on my hand in late December. And now that I think about it, I remember sending several texts to a friend complaining that my breast was itchy.
I called my PCM back to see if I can get a referral to a breast specialist, and the nurse told me that she thought the doctor would still want me to see a dermatologist first because it's a skin issue, but she said she was going to pass along the phone message.
So, that's my story. As it stands now, I have an appointment 3 weeks from tomorrow.
Any recommendations of how else to proceed? Do I demand a biopsy from the derm? Do I fight to get seen by a breast specialist? Is there any reason to continue using the hydrocortisone, which hasn't worked?
I have a friend who said that he doesn't know anyone who has successfully diagnosed themselves via Google. I hope I get to prove him right, but these symptoms are eerily similar ...View Thread
I just got home from the appointment. The doctor doesn't think it's Paget's because there isn't any nipple involvement, just on the areola, but he wanted to be sure so he did a punch biopsy. I should have results by Friday. And I have an RX for a mammogram as well.
So hopefully it's nothing. I am glad he is being thorough. He told me to keep the dermatology appointment that I have in a couple of weeks.
I have a notebook ready to go for the meeting. I have written down all of the important info already, and I have started a list of questions. One of my neighbors is going to go with me so she will help take notes.
I will definitely come back and update after the appointment.