Changes in Skin of the Breast: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 9/10/2019

Changes in the skin of the breast can occur due to almost any condition that affects the skin in other parts of the body. This means that common causes of dermatitis (inflammation of the skin) such as eczema and sunburn can also cause skin changes in the breast. Skin changes in the breast can include redness, swelling, rash, itching, dimpling or puckering, scaling, ulceration, thickening of the skin, or the formation of pimples or sores. In the type of breast cancer known as inflammatory breast cancer, there is often redness, warmth, pain or tenderness, and a puckered or dimpled appearance to the breast. Paget's disease of the breast is a form of cancer that affects the nipple area, often causing skin changes. Other conditions that can cause changes in the breast skin include psoriasis, shingles, and hives.

Other causes of changes in skin of the breast


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