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Patiogardener- I haven't really done anything yet since I haven't been able to go to the doc and don't know what it is (yeast, bacterial, just damaged skin, something else, etc). I just keep nursing as normal. I looked at it after DS nursed tonight before I put him down for bed and the cracks/splits/gashes or whatever they are are now extending all the way around the nipple!! It's like it's getting worse, not better. And it hurts bad when he latches but stops hurting after 30 sec or so. What should I do?? Should I go back to the ER or just wait a couple of weeks for my health insurance to kick in??

 

Thrush commonly causes cracks that go around the base of the bottom of the nipple. As I said in an earlier post, when my nipple got 'thrush-like' cracks, I used monistat cream twice a day. I bought it from the pharmacy - I didn't have to see my doctor. I figured for $8 a tube, if it worked that was great and if not there weren't any bad side-effects and I hadn't lost too much money and I would see a doctor. La Leche League talks about Monistat here: http://www.lalecheleague.org/faq/thrush.html

 

I'm not recommending this for you - just letting you know my story. You know your situation best and will know what's best for you. I do feel your pain though, and hope you feel better soon!

post #22 of 32
Absolutely get all purpose nipple ointment if you can. If not, mix polysporin with hydrocortisone and try that. I had he same thing happen. I'd post a photo But don't want to get flagged either. I never found out exactly what it was but the APNO got rid of it and the GSE made it way worse. Apparently it is frequently contaminated and shouldn't be used (too late for me). Good luck...I had freaked myself out about cancer too.
post #23 of 32
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Good luck...I had freaked myself out about cancer too.

 

I'm glad I'm not the only one!!! lol

 

Thanks APToddlerMama & PatioGardener!! Thanks for the tips too. Did your nipple cracks form whitish/yellowish crust (sorry TMI!!!!)? Mine were just on the underside and now extend all around and the crusting is going all the way around too now (as well as the cracks). :( Does is still sound like thrush?

I am def going to try some of your suggestions, first I want to get in to see a doc once my insurance goes through...should I see a Gyn or go to a dermatologist??

 

Also- did your affected nipple have a rough red/pink area around the base?

 

Thank you SO much ladies for responding to me, I've been a paranoid mess!!!

post #24 of 32
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So as of this morning no more peeling or crust, but the 3 deep cracks are still there and open, and I still have that rough, red area around the base of the nipple.... AND, I think I now see the very beginnings of a crack on my other nipple. Did you guys have the same??

 

ETA: whoops- crust/peeling still there, spoke too soon :(


Edited by JFTB1177 - 6/6/12 at 9:42am
post #25 of 32
How is your nipples now? Any healing since your last post?


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post #26 of 32
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Hi ladies!! No healing whatsoever but my other nipple is now just as affected so I am pretty sure it is thrush. My DS also has been scratching his bottom constantly even though there is no visible rash, he was just at the pediatrician and she said it's possible he could have a mild case of thrush (since he just got off his 3rd round of antibiotics in 2 months for an ear infection). I'm going in tomorrow morning to see my doc about my nipples (finally have insurance!!!!!!!) and I will def report back!! If she agrees that's what this is I will def be trying some of your remedies!!

post #27 of 32
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The verdict is in! My doctor said thrush and prescribed nystatin!

 

I'm going to use the meds but would like to try some of your remedies as well. Thanks so much!!!

post #28 of 32
I hate to burst your bubble but nystatin isn't working too well for many people these days. It's been a while since I researched but I think it only helps around 50% of the time. Diflucan is much more effective though even with that you typically have to be on a loading dose and then maintenance for several weeks. If this doesn't help within a few days you should ask for diflucan. Good luck!
post #29 of 32

Olive oil on nipples work for yeast on nipples, also vinegar rinses on your nipples, sunlight on your nipples. Also wash all your bra's in hot water and add 1/2 cup vinegar and hang them up outside to dry in the sun so it will kill yeast. If you have thrush on your nipples and you nurse your child will need to be treated as well or you will keep passing it back and forth.

post #30 of 32
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I hate to burst your bubble but nystatin isn't working too well for many people these days. It's been a while since I researched but I think it only helps around 50% of the time. Diflucan is much more effective though even with that you typically have to be on a loading dose and then maintenance for several weeks. If this doesn't help within a few days you should ask for diflucan. Good luck!

 

It's def lot better now, but still not 100%. Is diflucan the pink pill you take when you have a yeast infection? Haven't had a YI in years but I remember calling my doc for those pills and they were life savers!

post #31 of 32
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Olive oil on nipples work for yeast on nipples, also vinegar rinses on your nipples, sunlight on your nipples. Also wash all your bra's in hot water and add 1/2 cup vinegar and hang them up outside to dry in the sun so it will kill yeast. If you have thrush on your nipples and you nurse your child will need to be treated as well or you will keep passing it back and forth.

 

Thank you!!!! I will be trying all of these! :)))

post #32 of 32
I have exactly what described here! I have been using an at home apno with nystatin. It has helped but I've still been battling it for weeks. Do you think monistat would help more. I have also tried gse and lansinoh cream. LO is 14 months and I'm so frustrated I've considered weaning :'( OP did you ever find relief? What worked? Is diflucan expensive (no ins)
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