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Geez, could I get any more abbreviations in the title? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I have a hard spot on my areola. It looks/feels like a blogged montgomery gland. Is that possible? Could it be a zit? I can't see a head, but it's extremely tender and sore. A bit raised like a zit.<br><br>
I tried squeezing it to see if I could pop it or see a head on it. Well, after the tears cleared from my eyes, it was still there, just more tender and sore. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
Help! What can I do (please let there be something I can do) to get rid of it. It's not interfering w/nursing either boy, although ds#1's teeth scraped it this morning and yeow!<br><br>
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It's never happened to me, but I have heard of those glands getting blocked and infected. Have you tried warm compresses, salves? I have heard if it's gets infected (you'd see redness than I suppose) you might need an antibiotic cream on it. I usually try taking Motrin (as an anti inflammatory) when I have plugged ducts cause it'll help reduce the swelling in the surrounding tissue which will help the plug unblock. Same thing might work for the Montgomery glands also.
 

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Sounds like it might be a bleb. One way to help soften it so it can release is to put a cotton ball in olive oil and tape it to the spot. Try to keep it there for 12-24 hours and see if it softens at all.
 

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you have a blocked duct. sometimes you can actually squeeze it (like a zit) depending on how close it is to the surface. you can alternately actually take a clean (sterilized) needle and try to pop it. whatever milk comes out will probably be very thick, this is normal (it may not be, that's normal too). don't worry about your baby drinking this thick milk, it is fine.<br><br>
if that's not possible or doesn't work, you can treat it the same way you would a blocked duct that appears much deeper in the breast. warm compresses, continue to nurse on that side as you normally would, and massage the lump while you nurse. i always found standing in the hot shower and massaging the breast really helped.<br><br>
if it does not get better within a day or two after trying these things, see an LC right away if you can, otherwise it may progress into mastitis (infection) and then you'd have to take antibiotics which isn't fun. most blocked ducts do clear up after a few days though.<br><br>
just so you know, i am not an LC but i do volunteer for an organization called "nourri-source" which is sort of like the Quebec version of LLL (although we have LLL here too). i have been to a few symposiums and done some reading for my own interest (i'd like to someday perhaps become a certified LC) and i do phone support for new moms. but, i'm not a real LC, so do take my advice with a grain of salt.<br><br>
good luck!!<br>
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OH, jeez, flashback. I had the same thing when DS was in the NICU. Just hearing your description made my boob hurt all over again! No advice though, the NICU nurses sent me to the doc, who wasn't sure if it was mastitis or yeast so gave me an antibiotic and Diflucan. Wish I'd had MDC back then!
 
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