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Yellow crusts on the nipple

  1. Yellow scabs on the nipples are a regular occurrence in almost every woman. These crusts cannot simply be washed off. Only with scratching the costs let go. The costs are yellowish in color, sometimes even tending to brown. Costs on the nipples occur during pregnancy, but also in women who are not pregnant. The cause in these two groups of women is very different.

Scabs during pregnancy

  1. Yellow crusts on the nipples that develop during pregnancy often have a clear cause: the production of foremilk or colostrum. This is yellowish milk that should serve as the first and nourishing milk for the baby. Only when breastfeeding is started, the 'normal' milk is produced. From about 20 weeks of pregnancy, this pre-milk can already be produced and then leaks out of the breasts. Some women suffer more from this than others. The milk can stain clothes, but sometimes only a drop leaks and is barely noticeable. The milk dries to yellowish crusts that are difficult to remove. It is not advisable to remove these crusts, as this can cause a breast infection. The crusts are often washed away on their own when more foremilk is produced towards the end of pregnancy. If you still want to remove the costs because they itch, make sure you have good hygiene.

Yellowish crusts on the nipples

  1. Non-pregnant women often suffer from yellowish crusts that develop on the nipples. As long as no moisture comes out of the nipples, there is often nothing to worry about. Moisture from the nipples can be a sign of breast infection or breast cancer. The crusts that develop are yellow to sometimes brown in color and are mainly stuck in the folds of the nipples. They are difficult to remove, they are really stuck. Getting a washcloth over it doesn't help. Although it often doesn't look very good, the scabs don't hurt.

Cause and Treatment

  1. The most common cause for these scabs is an accumulation of dead skin cells. The skin is constantly renewed, including the skin of the nipples. At the nipples, however, the flakes are more difficult to loosen and easily accumulate in the folds of the nipples. The crusts are difficult to wash off, but can be removed by scratching. The crusts often occur on both nipples.

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