Pea-sized "bumps" on areolas.
I had 3 small pea-sized bumps around my nipple on my right breast. They were hard like knots and swollen, standing out from the skin- NOT resting inside the skin like a pimple. I asked my primary care physician about this back when the first one developed (about 2 years ago). She said it was more than likely a swollen or infected montgomery gland and that it was totally normal, especially because I had had my nipples pierced at the time. However, since it ached and hurt- I insisted on a mammogram.
I am almost 27 years old. Family history of breast cancer, so I know how important it is to be checked! My mammogram came back with clean results after the first bump. I wasn't too concerned and just shrugged it off. I took out the piercings as not having the bump was more of a concern to me than keeping the piercings.
About 4 months ago TWO MORE of these little bumps sprouted up (almost forming a triangle around my nipple). They are all hard, raised and painful. As I was cleaning them one day, I accidentally squeezed the oldest one and it "popped." I was mortified. So much puss came out- and it wasn't like a pimple AT ALL. It was like a harder, more dried out puss. And SO MUCH OF IT. After the puss came out it bled more than I thought it would, requiring me to change the bandage several times. I noticed once I cleaned it out there was a hole where the bump had been, almost like a crater. Nothing like a pimple- but an actual opening that went DOWN into my skin, you could SEE inside this opening.
The only thing I can compare it to it when I was bit by a brown recluse- the puss and the opening after it was cleaned. The only difference is the skin surrounding these lumps looks like regular areola, not red/black and decaying like the spider bite. My doctor continues to insist this is normal, but it's been freaking me out. So I took it upon myself to get rid of them, since she insisted they were so harmless and I'd cut off a wart on my finger before with no problem.
The first one opened on it's own, I cleaned it out and bandaged it. I purchased a brand new set of nail clippers, sterilized them, and the skin- and TRIED to cut one open. I COULDN'T do it. It HURT like I was trying to cut a chunk of my finger off. It surprised me, it was almost like my bumps have NERVE ENDINGS in them. Not common with "swollen montgomery glands," at least in my understandings.
Since it hurt too badly to cut off completely, I just cut a gash into the side and drained the puss- after which I cleaned and sterilized the utensils and openings after each cut. Aside from the opening, the pain is gone and the bumps are no longer there to stand out. They are healing fairly well, it's difficult to "air them out" since they're on my breasts- but I was wondering if anyone knew of a down side or side effect that someone else may have gotten from doing this or something along these lines... I've never heard of anyone else trying to get rid of them themselves- so I figured what the H-E-Double Hockey Sticks?
I will keep this thread updated as they heal / progress- if they get worse or go away altogether, etc. Any input is GREATLY appreciated!!