Thanks for posting
It’s understandable for you to worry about what the changes you are noticing may be, especially with you having a breast abscess last year.
It’s not possible for us to say what may be causing the redness and flattening of your nipple. Breast changes can happen for many reasons. They may be due to hormonal changes as part of your monthly cycle (period) or due to benign conditions (not cancer).
As the changes you mention are ongoing you can contact your GP to have it checked again. They certainly won’t think you are a timewaster.
You may find it helpful to look at our booklet Know your breasts: a guide to breast awareness and screening.
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I had a breast abscess in June 2019. My GP mentioned it could be inflammatory breast cancer but I had scans and 3 biopsy so cancer was quickly ruled out. The clinic and Doctor are so lovely and 4 months of different penicillin and draining the awful pain and abscess went away.
in January my breast was red and warm again in the same area so thinking it was an infection I wanted to get checked quickly to avoid an abscess.
The GP examined and said there was a mass so penicillin and referred to breast clinic. GP sent me a letter for follow up appointment 1 week later and it wasn’t as red and GP said there was no lump so I could cancel the breast clinic if I wanted to.
When I received the clinic appointment letter I phoned to cancel as it wasn’t as red and thought probably hormonal (49 years old).
The clinic nurse I spoke to said I would know my breast best and it can be hormonal so I didn’t go.
Anyway, since January it has stayed red/pinkish and warm and the nipple is often flat, some days it seems to have almost faded. Same look as the abscess but no pain or discomfort at all.
I feel stupid going to the clinic when I’ve already been checked out last year and it’s just red, not even sore.
I have very sensitive skin and wounds of any kind take ages to heal so I’m thinking maybe it’s just me.
I just want somebody to agree it’s nothing without going back to the clinic as a timewaster.
(I had a benign papilloma removed from the other breast in Jan 2019 but that’s all fine)
Apologies for the long message