The Montgomery's glands on my aureolas get "whiteheads" in them (not infected) since I hit puberty 10 yrs ago. Every 2 weeks, they "come to a head" w/ sebum(?), & I end up popping them; then the swelling subsides. Several turned into cysts that when popped left a keyloid. Now all the Montgomery's glands are raised & firm keyloids that still fill up w/ whitehead looking stuff that swell and decrease when popped. There's about 20 per breast. Will a topical corticosteroid help? If not, what?
Montgomery's Gland into Keloids That Still Pop Like Pimples? (photo)
Doctor Answers (1)
Montgomery's glands around the nipple can often become irritated and occasionally can become infected. Topical corticosteroids probably will not resolve the problem alone, but may be tried as a temporary stop gap treatment. Larger, more problematic glands can be excised surgically. If multiple glands are involved and are significantly problematic, a ring of them can be excised. the trade off would be the resulting scar around the edge of the areola.
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