May 21, 2010 11:30AM unlimited wrote:
Keep the appt. I had this similar situation that occured in early 2001. It turned into Mastitis and took 2 antibiotics to clear it. I was 36 and haven;t nursed a baby for 2 yrs, and never acquired mastitis when I was breastfeeding my two kids. Once Mastitis was cleared, went in for my first mammogram. Every was normal. Continued to watch it over the yrs with yearly mammos. Had additional discharge again in Fall of 2003, mammo was normal again. Had always watched this right nipple. In the Fall 2006, one day noticed a ' dimpling effect ' near that right nipple where the ' blocked duct' occurred forming mastitis back in Feb 2001. Dimpling or indentation of skin could imply a mass or tumor pulling etc. Had a mammo in Nov 2006, turned out to be breast cancer ... IDC 1.3 cm Grade 1 which is a very slow growing cancer and can take YEARS before showing up on a mammo etc. The cancer was in the very same area where the blocked duct occured 5 yrs earlier.
It could very well be just a cyst or benign mass, but keep the appt. I had the same as you from bloody... to leaving a yellowish crusty like residue with my night wear tops. It also would come and go... and being aware of your breasts... will help esp when you notice something in addition such as a dimpling/indention of skin where something is tugging or pulling due to growth inside.
Good luck, let us know how things pan out or if you have further questions.