White Bumps on Nipples, What Are They, Get Rid, Treatment

These white bumps on nipples may be whitehead acnes or pimples that are formed when the ducts that drain body glands like the sebaceous gland or sweat glands get blocked by dead cells, dirt or dead tissues and excess secretion. They may occur in both men and women. They may be itchy or not itchy, painful, not painful red, swollen, fluid filled with white heads-all this depending on what caused them to appear.

There are also several other factors that can cause white pimples or bumps on around nipples or on the nipples.

How to get rid of White bumps on nipples
How to get rid of White bumps on nipples

Below are several ways of getting rid of white bumps on nipples at home, however it is important to keep then in check. If they persist and won’t go away especially for breast feeding women, see a doctor immediately to keep mother and the baby safe from any underlying diseases and infections.

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Causes

Below are some factors that may cause this condition on your nipples. Depending on the causative factors, these bumps or pimples on nipples may be red, sore, itchy and irritation. In some cases, they may have a white head or may not have all depending on what has caused them.

1. Pregnancy

It is normal for a pregnant woman to experience little white bumps that are not itchy on her nipples. These tiny bumps are called Montgomery’s tubercles. They do not have any symptoms of being sore, tender or red. They secrete a fluid with protective agents to protect the nipples and keep them healthy so don’t pop these tiny raised bumps.

2. Blockage of hair follicles

This mostly affects people who have a lot of hair around their nipples. Whenever hair follicles get blocked by accumulation of dirt, dead cells and sebum a tiny pimple appears. This is common in both male and female human beings.

3. PMS

A woman’s hormones levels fluctuate before her periods or just after her periods and ovulation.  Progesterone levels increase rapidly and the breasts also grow bigger hence fitting clothes become too tight causing friction between the nipples and the cloth

4. Milk blisters

These are tiny white bumps on nipples that looks like a pocket filled with milk. They form as a result of too much pressure exerted on the tips of the nipple by a baby while breastfeeding. They cover the nipple pores and are very painful during breastfeeding. The only way to prevent them is to encourage the baby to take in the entire nipple in his/her mouth instead of the tips only.

5. Unhygienic life style

If you do not observe high standards of hygiene, dirt will accumulate around your nipples and tiny itchy bumps will develop around it. Always shower properly and wear clean undergarments.

6. Quality and size of undergarments

Any other fabric apart from cotton is not suitable as an undergarment. It’s even worse if it is tight or ill fitting. Always try and wear the right size of bra made from cotton fabric. Cotton allows free flow of air hence prevents bacteria from thriving. The right size of bra allows proper blood circulation, though unrelated it also prevents your breasts from sagging.

7. Overproduction of milk

This is common in breastfeeding mothers. Sometimes when breast milk is product in excess some dry up and block the ducts of the mammary gland. This causes tiny little white bumps on nipples to develop.

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Red Pimples around nipples
Red Pimples around nipples

How to get rid of white bumps on nipples using Home Remedies

The following remedies apply to both male and female and they can use them to get rid of the sore and itchy or not itchy lumps around their nipples.

1. Warm Compress

It increases blood flow by dilating blood vessels. This is ideal because it enhances the supply of nutrients needed for healing and takes away waste products from the swollen section.

Requirements

  1. Towel
  2. Hot water
  3. A basin

  What to do

  1. Boil water and pour it in a basin while still hot
  2. Dip the towel in the hot water
  3. Wring it
  4. Apply it over the white bumps at least 3 times a day for up to 30 minutes each time until they dry up.

2. Epsom Salt

Epsom salt help to clear off any blockage on the milk duct from the mammary gland that supplies milk.

Requirements

  1. Epsom salt
  2. Water
  3. A clean piece of cloth
  4. A spoon
  5. A ball of cotton

What to do

  1. Wash the area around your breast and nipples using plenty of clean water.
  2. Pat it dry with a clean piece of cloth
  3. Boil water and pour a small amount of it in a cup while it is still very hot.
  4. Mix 1 tablespoon full of Epsom salt with this hot water.
  5. Stir the mixture using a spoon to dissolve the Epsom salt.
  6. Let the mixture cool to a temperature your body can handle
  7. Soak a ball of cotton with this solution
  8. Place the soaked ball of cotton on your nipples for 5 minutes
  9. Repeat the process two times a day until you see a change

3. Green tea

Green tea contains antioxidants which fight harmful microorganisms in the body. It quickens your healing process. It also dilates your blood vessels and improve circulation of blood and in the processes, reduces the size of the swollen area.

Requirements

  1. A tea bag of green tea
  2. Honey
  3. Hot water
  4. Cup

What to do

  1. Pour hot water into a cup
  2. Place a tea bag of green tea in the water
  3. Let it steep for 5 minutes
  4. Remove the tea bag
  5. Add honey to sweeten
  6. Stir the tea
  7. Drink 3 cups of green tea daily

4. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a natural pain reliever, anti-inflammatory and soothing agent. It is the best remedy for white bumps on nipples because it will dry them up and hasten the healing process.

It is also easily available. But if you are a breastfeeding mother ensure that the Aloe Vera does not come into contact with the baby’s mouth because it can make the baby diarrhea.

Requirements

  1. Aloe Vera leaves
  2. A sharp knife
  3. A mixer/ blender
  4. A bowl for collecting the gel
  5. A clean piece of cloth
  6. Clean water

What to do

  1. Take two pieces of aloe Vera leaves and cut them on both ends. Use a knife to take out the upper green layer from the leaf in order to expose the thick Aloe Vera gel in the leaves.
  2. In case you find any yellow liquid on the leaf, rinse it out with clean water.
  3. Peel off the green back of the leaf.
  4. The clear thick gel that is left is the aloe Vera gel.
  5. Cut the gel into small pieces and blend the gel into a liquid form.
  6. Collect the gel in a bowl
  7. Wash your nipples with clean running water and pat them dry using a clean piece of cloth
  8. Apply the Aloe Vera gel directly on your nipples in a circular motion.
  9. Let it dry
  10. Wash off the Aloe Vera gel thoroughly using warm water and pat your nipples dry with a clean piece of cloth.
  11. Repeat the process 3 to 4 times a day until the pimple dries up and disappear
    Check out for nipple discharge and bumps with white heads on nipples
    Check out for nipple discharge and bumps with white heads on nipples

5. Radish seeds

Radish seeds are anti-oxidants and helps in fighting germs.

Requirements

  1. Radish seeds
  2. Pestle and mortar
  3. Milk
  4. A cup
  5. Honey
  6. A ball of cotton
  7. Water
  8. A spoon
  9. A clean piece of cloth

What to do at home

  1. Scoop a tablespoon full of radish seeds and place them in a mortar
  2. Crush them to powder form using the pestle
  3. Place the powder in a cup
  4. Add a little milk and a few drops of honey
  5. Mix properly by string with a spoon to form a thick paste
  6. If you have a blender you can blend the seeds, honey and milk together to form a paste.
  7. Soak a ball of cotton with this mixture
  8. Use the soaked ball of cotton to apply this mixture on the white bumps on your nipples
  9. Let it settle on the affected area for 3 hours
  10. Wash off the mixture from your nipples using plenty of clean water
  11. Pat dry with a clean piece of cloth
  12. Repeat this process daily until the white bumps on nipples disappear

6. Cinnamon powder and lemon juice

Lemon contains citric acid which prevents germs from settling on your skin and duce their build up hence boosts the healing process by reducing the infection and making the white bumps on nipples disappear faster. Cinnamon acts as an abrasive suitable for unclogging pores.

Requirements

  1. Lemons
  2. A Sieve
  3. A Cup
  4. A sharp knife
  5. Cinnamon powder
  6. A ball of cotton
  7. Water
  8. A clean piece of cloth

What to do

  1. Apply pressure on the lemon by kneading it on the kitchen counter.
  2. Use the knife to cut the lemon into two halves.
  3. Place the sieve over the cup and squeeze out the lemon juice into the cup through the sieve.
  4. Add cinnamon powder to the lemon juice
  5. Ensure that the affected area is clean and dry.
  6. Soak a ball of cotton with this mixture
  7. Use the soaked ball of cotton to apply this mixture on the white bumps on your nipples
  8. Let it settle on the affected area for 1 hour and dry
  9. Wash off the mixture from your nipples using plenty of clean water
  10. Pat dry with a clean piece of cloth
  11. Repeat this process once a day until the white bumps on nipples disappear
  12. Be careful not to overuse the mixture because it may irritate your skin

7. Toothpaste

Toothpaste is a common home remedy used to dry out pimples.

Requirements

  1. Toothpaste
  2. Water
  3. A clean piece of cloth

What to do

  1. Wash the area around your breast and nipples using plenty of clean water.
  2. Pat it dry with a clean piece of cloth
  3. Ensure that your hands are clean
  4. Apply a little toothpaste on the tip of your finger
  5. Spread this toothpaste around your nipples on the affected area
  6. Let it dry for 30 minutes
  7. Wash off the toothpaste from your nipples using plenty of clean water
  8. Pat dry with a clean piece of cloth
  9. Repeat this process once a day until the white bumps on nipples disappear
  10. Be careful not to overuse the mixture because it may irritate your skin

8. Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil is an antifungal and antiseptic agent. It reduces the chances of infection on the nipples and helps in healing the pimples once they are drained off. It works best when used overnight.

Requirements

  1. Tea tree oil
  2. A Cotton Ball

What to do

  1. Wash your nipples or take a shower before you go to bed
  2. Soak a cotton ball with tea tree oil
  3. Apply the tee tree oil on your nipples using the cotton ball
  4. Let it settle and sink into the skin overnight
  5. Repeat this process daily until you see a change
    If breast feeding, have the baby checked for oral thrush
    If breast feeding, have the baby checked for oral thrush

9. Garlic

Garlic an antibiotic agent capable of killing bacteria. It heals the white bumps on your nipples faster.

Requirements

  1. Garlic
  2. A Pestle & a mortar
  3. A Knife
  4. Water
  5. A clean piece of cloth

What to do

  1. Peel off the back cover of garlic cloves
  2. Dice them into cubes using a knife
  3. Place them in the mortar and pound with a pestle to form a paste
  4. Wash your hands and the nipples clean using plenty of water
  5. Dry them up using a clean piece of clothe
  6. Use the tip of your finger to apply the garlic paste to the affected area around nipples
  7. Let it settle and dry for 30 minutes
  8. Wash off the garlic paste from your nipples using plenty of clean water
  9. Pat dry with a clean piece of cloth
  10. Repeat this process once a day until the white bumps on nipples disappear
  11. Be careful not to overuse garlic because it may irritate your skin
  12. Alternatively, you can add the garlic paste to your food

10. Ginger

Ginger is a natural pain reliever. It has anti-inflammatory properties that will reduce the bumps on the nipples.

Requirements

  1. Ginger
  2. Sieve
  3. Water
  4. Pestle and mortar

What to do

  1. Wash the bark of ginger
  2. Peel it off carefully
  3. Cut the ginger into cubes
  4. Place it in a mortar and pound it to paste
  5. Use the tip of your finger to apply the ginger paste to the affected area around nipples
  6. Let it settle and dry for 30 minutes
  7. Wash off the ginger paste from your nipples using plenty of clean water
  8. Pat dry with a clean piece of cloth
  9. Alternatively, you can boil the ginger paste using a cup full of water
  10. Strain the ginger
  11. Drink the extract
  12. You can also add the ginger paste to your meal as often as you want
  13. Repeat any of the above processes daily

11. Aspirin

The salicylic acid found in aspirin is capable of drying up the white bumps on nipples and reduce their swelling.

Requirements

  1. Aspirin
  2. A Pestle & a mortar
  3. Water
  4. Honey
  5. A clean piece of cloth
  6. A cup

What to do

  1. Place a few tablets of aspirin in the mortar and pound with a pestle to form powder
  2. Put the powder in a cup
  3. Add a little water and honey to form a paste
  4. Wash your hands and the nipples clean using plenty of water
  5. Dry them up using a clean piece of clothe
  6. Use the tip of your finger to apply the aspirin paste to the affected area around nipples
  7. Let it settle and dry for 10 minutes
  8. Wash off the aspirin paste from your nipples using plenty of clean water especially if you are a breastfeeding mother.
  9. Pat dry with a clean piece of cloth
  10. Repeat this process once a day until the white bumps on nipples disappear

12. Charcoal

Charcoal will clean up and unclog your pores.

Requirements

  1. Charcoal
  2. A Pestle & a mortar
  3. Water
  4. A clean piece of cloth
  5. A cup

What to do

  1. Place a few small pieces of charcoal in the mortar and pound with a pestle to form powder
  2. Put the powder in a cup
  3. Add a little water to form a paste
  4. Wash your hands and the nipples clean using plenty of water
  5. Dry them up using a clean piece of clothe
  6. Use the tip of your finger to apply the charcoal paste to the affected area around nipples
  7. Let it settle and dry for 15 minutes
  8. Wash off the charcoal paste from your nipples using plenty of clean water especially if you are a breastfeeding mother.
  9. Pat dry with a clean piece of cloth
  10. Repeat this process once a day until the white bumps on nipples disappear
    In case of severe symptoms of bumps and discharge, seek medical advice
    In case of severe symptoms of bumps and discharge, seek medical advice

13. Sea bath salt

Sea bath salt will clean up and unclog your pores and allow free flow of substances out of the body.

Requirements

  1. Sea bath salt
  2. Clean water
  3. A cotton ball

What to do

  1. Warm water and pour it in a cup
  2. Add 2 pinches of sea bath salt to the water and stir until the salt dissolves
  3. Ensure that the affected area is clean and dry.
  4. Soak a ball of cotton with the salty water
  5. Use the soaked ball of cotton to apply the salty water on the white bumps on your nipples
  6. Repeat this process 5 times you can change the cotton ball
  7. Wash off the mixture from your nipples using plenty of clean water
  8. Pat dry with a clean piece of cloth
  9. Repeat this process once a day until the white bumps on nipples disappear

14. Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is capable of healing and preventing future occurrence of white bumps on nipples.

Requirements

  1. Apple cider vinegar
  2. Warm Water
  3. Honey

What to do

  1. Pour warm water into a glass
  2. Add 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to the warm water
  3. Add honey to sweeten
  4. Drink the water once a day

Prevention

As the saying goes better safe than sorry, the following are golden tips to prevent occurrence of the ugly white bumps on nipples after you have healed. Or you can share them with your family members who have never experience such.

1. Healthy diet

Eating a healthy diet prevents you from getting many kinds of diseases including skin inflammations like pimples and lumps. Try and observe these good diet habits;

  1. Eat fresh vegetables and fruits
  2. Consume less milk and sugar. If you have to take milk, use skimmed milk.
  3. Eat proteins such as soya and chicken breast
  4. Drink herbal tea like green tea or peppermint tea
  5. Eat raw peanuts, walnuts, almond nuts and cashew nuts
  6. Eat raw sea fish like herring, salmons and sardines
  7. Avoid processed food
  8. Eat dark chocolate once in a while

2. Hydration

Water helps in detoxifying your body by diluting toxic substances hence maintaining a healthy skin.

According to Mayo clinic “The Institute of Medicine that an adequate intake for men is roughly about 13 cups (3 liters) of total beverage a day. The adequate intake for women is about 9 cups (2.2 liters) of total beverage a day”.

3. Hygiene

Observe and maintain high standards of hygiene and general skin care like;

  1. Take a shower twice a day
  2. Wear clean bras and clothes
  3. Wear proper fitting bras made of cotton fabric
  4. Wear loose clothes made of cotton or linen especially when pregnant or during menstruation to allow for circulation of air.
  5. Often wash your hands especially after using the bathroom or giving handshakes
  6. Be gentle while washing your skin, do not scrub to hard when exfoliating
  7. If you are a breastfeeding mum, apply purified hypoallergenic lanolin cream on your nipples after breastfeeding and cleaning your nipples.
  8. If you have oily skin use lotions that are recommended for oily skin
  9. Do not pick the white bumps with your finger nails

4. Exercising and Relaxing

Exercising improves blood circulation in your body and helps in getting rid of toxins through sweating. Take a walk in your neighborhood often or jog in the morning. You can also do simple body toning exercises. Plenty of rest is also important. Always try and have enough sleep and avoid things that stress you up.

Treatment

  1. Over the counter creams like chamomile or calendula based creams can be used to clear white heads.
  2. Some contraceptives may also reduce chances of developing white pimples during premenstrual period. Consult your doctor first before using any type of contraceptive.
  3. You may need to consult a doctor just to ensure that your bumps are not symptoms of breast cancer.

Here is a video on nipples bumps that some patients have experienced;

Reference;

  1. http://www.healthiro.com/home-remedies/pimple-on-nipple-how-to-get-rid-of.html
  2. http://www.simple-remedies.com/alternative-therapies/white-spots-on-nipples-causes-remedies.html
  3. http://medlicker.com/1122-pimples-on-nipples
  4. https://www.verywell.com/breast-changes-in-pregnancy-2760030

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