Fluid leaking from one or both nipples when you are not breastfeeding is called nipple discharge. Clear, cloudy, or white discharge that appears only when you press on your nipple is usually normal. The more the nipple is pressed or stimulated, the more fluid appears. Yellow, green, or brown discharge is not normal and may be a symptom of an infection or other problem.
Spontaneous discharge appears without any pressing or stimulating of the nipple. This is not normal unless you are pregnant or breastfeeding. It may be a side effect of a medicine, or it may be caused by other health problems. The treatment of spontaneous nipple discharge depends on what is causing it. You may need more tests to find out what is causing the nipple discharge.
Most of the time, nipple discharge in teens isn't serious. But talk with your doctor if you have worries or concerns.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: March 20, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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