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!