What is breast burning sensation?
Breast burning sensation, a burning feeling in one or both breasts, can result from a number of causes, including a thermal burn, various diseases, or direct exposure to toxic substances or extreme cold.
Another possible cause of breast burning sensation is neuropathy, or damage to the nerves that relay signals from the breast to the brain and spinal cord. Neuropathy can be a result of a number of specific diseases and disorders, including diabetes and herpes zoster. In some cases, peripheral neuropathy has no known cause.
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Depending on the cause of the breast burning sensation, it may occur in the breast only or in other areas of the body as well. A burning feeling may be the only symptom experienced or it may be accompanied by tingling (paresthesia) and numbness.
The duration and course of breast burning sensation vary widely, depending on the underlying condition. Symptoms caused by a burn often have a sudden onset, whereas breast burning sensation resulting from peripheral neuropathy develops slowly and persists or worsens over time.
Seek immediate medical care (call 911) ifasudden breast burning sensation is accompanied by chest pain or pressure; difficulty breathing; dizziness; or the feeling of a tight band around your chest, as these can be symptoms of heart attack.
If your breast burning sensation is persistent or causes you concern, seek prompt medical care.
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- NINDS paresthesia information page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/paresthesia/paresthesia.htm.
- Peripheral neuropathy fact sheet. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/peripheralneuropathy/detail_peripheralneuropathy.htm.
- Srivastava A, Mansel RE, Arvind N, et al. Evidence-based management of Mastalgia: a meta-analysis of randomised trials. Breast 2007; 16:503.