A common question many parents and mums ask is why does my breast hurt when I press it? Breast pain, also known as mastalgia, can be experienced in both men and women.
It usually occurs during puberty due to the hormonal changes that occur during this time, but can also occur later in life.
The good news is that most cases of breast pain are not serious and do not require medical treatment.
However, there are certain signs that you should look out for so that you know when it may be time to seek medical advice.
Why does my breast hurt when I press it? Some causes
The most common causes of breast pain in adults include changes in hormone levels, strenuous exercise, an infection or injury, or an underlying medical condition such as fibrocystic breast disease or mastitis.
In some cases, the cause of the pain is unknown.
It’s important to note that breast cancer does not typically cause pain—so if you experience persistent or severe pain in your breasts, it’s important to speak with your doctor right away.
When to see a doctor
If you experience sudden or sharp pain in your breasts that persists for more than a few days—it’s important to see your doctor as soon as possible.
Other signs and symptoms that could indicate a more serious issue include: redness or warmth around the area; swelling; dimpling of the skin; lumps near the area; discharge from the nipple (other than milk); a rash on or around the nipple; and/or inverted nipples (ones that point inward instead of outward).
While most cases of breast pain are caused by relatively harmless things like hormonal changes or exercise-related issues, it’s still important to take the time to pay attention to any changes or discomfort you may feel in your breasts.
Seek medical help immediately if you encounter sudden or sharp pains, or any of the other signs and symptoms mentioned above. Your doctor can diagnose and treat whatever is behind your discomfort.
Paying attention to your health today can help prevent more serious issues down the road.
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