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Little Bumps Around Nipples

Published: 17 de diciembre de 2002
Dear TeenHealthFX,
I'm 15 and I'm worried. I have these little bumps around my nipples and I don't know what they are. Are they a bad sign... are they normal?
Signed: Little Bumps Around Nipples

Dear Little Bumps Around Nipples,

Unfortunately, TeenHealthFX cannot make diagnoses over the Internet, and only a doctor can tell you if the bumps around your nipples are normal or not. In general, any noticeable changes in your breasts, such as lumps or bumps, should be checked out by a doctor just to make sure everything is ok. He/she can let you know if there is anything wrong and address any other concerns you are having.

It is quite possible that the bumps around your nipples that you are describing are mammary glands, which naturally appear on the areola (the circular pigmented area that surrounds the actual nipple) and look like small pimple-like bumps. The purpose of these glands is to help women deliver milk to babies when they are breastfeeding. In addition, the nipple is surrounded by hair follicles, and hair can be found around the outside of the areola. The amount of actual hair varies from woman to woman, usually begins to grow around puberty, and increases as you grow. This is a completely normal occurrence and is not a medical problem.

However, it is probably a good idea to get checked out by your doctor just to make sure everything is ok. If you don't have a family physician and live in the Northern New Jersey area, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at (973) 971.6475. Outside of this area, you can contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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