Being aware of your body and any changes that occur in it is important; it is even more crucial to be aware of any changes or symptoms that may appear in your breasts. Women need to be very vigilant about their breasts and always be on the lookout for any sudden change, such as a burning sensation in the breast. If this occurs, then fix an appointment with your doctor immediately to diagnose the cause and the treatment to be undertaken.
Causes for Burning Sensation in the Breasts
A burning sensation in the breasts could be due to one of several reasons. Exposure to toxic substances can lead to a burning sensation in the breasts. Hormonal fluctuations caused during menstruation or caused as a result of taking birth control pills or other medication that affect one’s hormones could also be the cause.
There are some benign as well as malignant conditions that have been associated with a burning sensation in the breasts. These include:
Mastitis: Women who are breast feeding are susceptible to this condition. It occurs when the skin in and around the nipple gets damaged due to breast feeding. This paves an entry for bacteria, which then go on to infect it. The burning sensation is often accompanied by redness, swelling and in some cases even fever.
Inflammatory Breast Cancer:
Inflammatory breast cancer is a rare form of breast cancer. It accounts for only five percent of breast cancers. Symptoms include a burning sensation and pain in the breast, inflammation and redness. This type of cancer progresses on a very rapid pace and hence women are advised to seek medical help immediately if they experience these symptoms.
Blocked Milk Ducts: Blocked or clogged milk ducts could cause a burning sensation in the breasts. Occurring in breast feeding women, this condition results when milk does not drain from the milk ducts. This leads to pain and tenderness, forming a small lump where the milk is retained. If left untreated, clogged milk ducts could lead to an infection, thus further complicating the situation.
Neuropathy: Neuropathy refers to nerve damage caused as a result of abnormal nerve function, unmanaged diabetes, or even chemotherapy. Apart from the burning sensation it also results in tenderness and a tingling sensation in the breasts.
Seek medical advice to treat the burning sensation. Of course there are some home remedies that can help relieve the sensation, even if only temporarily.
Consume a glass of fresh basil juice mixed with some honey.
Soak four to five almonds overnight in water and eat them in the morning. Do this on a daily basis to get relief.
You can also boil a glass of milk with two cloves of garlic and drink this to help relief the burning sensation.
Chewing on fresh basil leaves daily is another treatment option that might help.
Eat papaya, which is quite effective in getting rid of the unpleasant burning sensation.
If your condition is not life-threatening, you can opt for homeopathic medicines or ayurvedic herbs to treat it. While these will take much longer to show results, they have no side effects and will not give rise to more complications (as is sometimes the case with Allopathy).
Grate some fresh ginger and boil it in a glass of water. Drink this extract to treat the burning sensation.
Taking swift action is the smartest thing to do. Whenever you notice any change or symptoms with regard to your breasts, do not hesitate to approach your doctor ASAP. Putting it off or ignoring the symptoms could lead to dire consequences.